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Birds of El Paso County

European Starling

 

Doug Harling

European Starlings are also known as the Common Starling. Starlings have the largest number of all the songbirds in North America. They were first brought to North America in the nineteenth century by Shakespeare enthusiasts that wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned. So all European Starlings in North America are descendants of 100 Starlings set loose in Central Park by this group in the 1800s. The numbers grew rapidly and now this beautiful little bird is considered to be a nuisance by many. I for one think they are magnificently beautiful and so very intell...



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