StareSJw.jpgPhoto: Svante Joelsson.Grafiskt element

Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

The starling is the Royal National City Park’s most noticeable bird in the springtime. The first flocks can be seen in March, feeding on Djurgården’s grassy slopes and meadows. Soon breeding is underway and the brilliantly shiny males intone their songs from an oak tree or overhead cable. Some just chatter and whistle but others adeptly imitate other birds such as the curlew. The hollow oaks on Djurgården provide perfect nesting sites and the starling population is still strong in the park, especially on Djurgården, despite a reduction within the country as a whole. Before midsummer the brown fledglings can be seen floundering around in great numbers and – amazingly – in equally great numbers leaving the country on their own.

 


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