The starling is one of the more common garden birds in the UK, often to be found in huge roosts in city centres. Find out more about the starling in our wild bird library.


  • Facts

  • Nesting Habits

  • Food Preferences


The starling is a noisy and gregarious visitor to many gardens, and spends a lot of the year in large flocks. Even though it’s still a common sight in gardens, its population has, like so many other species, declined dramatically in recent years.

The dark plumage becomes increasingly iridescent as winter draws to an end – though young birds have an unusual grey-brown colouration that often confuses inexperienced birdwatchers.

Starlings have been known to pick up and imitate sounds from their environment, such as car alarms.

Nesting Habits

Food Preferences