Common Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

(S. v. caucasicus, S. v. purpurascens)

Armenian Name: Սովորական սայրակ
Common Starling

See Plate 58 for Common Starling and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:21.5 cm, Wing Span:37-42 cm
Distribution Map: Map 336.
Adult: Blackish showing purple and green gloss in sunlight.
Adult (Breeding): Male has bluish base to yellow bill; female has pink bill base.
Adult (Non-breeding): Both sexes have extensive pale spots overall and dull yellowish bills.
Juvenile: Dull brown-gray overall with blackish bill, lores, and legs. Pale edges to upperwing feathers.
Similar Species: Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling.
Behavior: Gregarious outside breeding season.
Habitat: Widespread; usually close to towns and villages.
Food: Invertebrates, fruit.
Nest: Cup of grass and trash in cavity of tree, cliff, or building.
Eggs: 30 mm, 3-7, pale blue.