In autumn and winter, starlings can gather in huge flocks, sometimes containing as many as 100,000 individuals. IN the evening, just before dusk, starling flocks can perform a spectacular aerial display called a ‘murmuration’, where thousands of birds swoop and sway in formation. It is not entirely understood why Starlings perform this visual display but it is thought that it probably deters aerial predators such as Peregine Falcons, as the flock masses together before roosting.
The Starling might at first glance be mistaken for a blackbird, due to its overall dark appearance. However, it is smaller than a Blackbird (Blackbirds are between 24-29cm) and is very different in shape, with a stockier body and short tail, making it look much stumpier than a Blackbird. The starling also has pink legs and when viewed at close-quarters a distinctive glossy and colourful sheen.Record a sighting