European starlings’ long, straight yellow bills are very useful for probing the soil, picking, and prying, and are strong enough for crushing small seeds.
Starlings appear black from a distance and are somewhat fat. They are about the size of a robin but with a much shorter tail. These highly social birds are actually quite beautiful when seen up close and in the sunlight.
European starlings will eat apples and peelings, seeds, cereal, cooked pasta, fruit, dried or wet dog food, raisins, and suet. They gobble up the feeder foods, and aggressively take over territory from the other birds. They are, however, extremely useful in insect and pest control. You will often see dozens at a time foraging on lawns, eating chinch bugs and beetle larvae.
European starlings are cavity nesters and will take any opening big enough to fit through as a nesting site. Birdhouses, soffit openings, old woodpecker holes, dryer vents, and attics can provide perfect homes for these versatile birds. They are known to be one of the most adaptable and successful birds in the world.