The European Starling is stocky and dark overall. However, a closer look reveals a beautiful plumage which in breeding season shows purple and green iridescence. In winter, bold white spots cover the entire body. Native to Europe, these intelligent and stunning birds were introduced to North America and other regions worldwide, and are now found in abundant numbers often in flocks. They make a variety of squeaky vocalizations, and they will mimic other species as well such as meadowlarks, jays and hawks. (ebird.org)
Saw this striking beauty in Central Park. New York City, NY!
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