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European Starling by JRd1st European Starling by JRd1st
European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

I never realized how pretty these birds were until I saw this one through my lens.
These birds were brought to North America by Shakespeare enthusiasts because in Henry IV, Part 1. Hotspur is considering driving King Henry mad by teaching a starling to repeat the name of Hotspur’s brother-in-law Mortimer, whom Henry refuses to ransom out of prisoner status. “Nay, I’ll have a starling shall be taught to speak nothing but ‘Mortimer,’ ” Hotspur whines.

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EmperorZoo Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Too bad these guys are pretty much winged vermin, they will eat anything, nest anywhere, carry many dangerous diseases, and are extremely relentless and aggressive. They cause at least $800,000,000 in crop damage in the United States every year, drive out native birds like woodpeckers and sapsuckers from nesting spots, and get caught in jet plane engines. From just a population of 10 birds in New York City they have exploded into 200 million birds all over North America. They can spread diseases such as Salmonella, E. coli, Borrelia, Histoplasmosis, and Toxoplasmosis, and millions of dollars have been wasted to kill them off.
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WindInTheCoffeeCup Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Super cool capture. :D
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Quixotic-Quidam Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012
Wonderful shot, maybe with pictures like these people will stop
thinking that darker feathered birds are dull =)
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It's as dark, close up, as you think. :D
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In2umniaKillH3r Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a lovely bird.
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Gatemage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
a beautiful picture of a beautiful bird. Starlings are also one of a small handful of birds that can be found flying wild in the US and can be kept as a pet without any special procedure. most people don't realize how beautiful starlings are, but I rescued one and now she's a member of the family, so I get to look at one up close and personal whenever I want. it's amazing when she's sitting there on your finger and the light hits her just right.... and her throat shines purple, and her head shines blue, and her wings shine green and gold. just amazing.
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TurquoiseMoon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I have never seen one in person myself, but they are very beautiful birds from all the photographs I have seen. I have also heard they chase other birds off, they can be quite mean? Anyway, nice shot!
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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sarehptar Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I normally can't stand Starlings--come into my yard and eat all my suet, ugh--but this is really gorgeous shot. I haven't seen one this uniform and with such bright markings in a long time.
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:boogie:
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WeepingPiano Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning!
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! :aww:
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IceGlider96 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
pretty!
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:boogie:
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panna-cotta Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely capture! I like the focus on the feathers because they're so beautiful!
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, Ania! :aww:
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NoraBlansett Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
Such a pretty bird! XD
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These were all over my old neighbor hood, seeing this photo made me miss them... :(
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phoTOMgraphy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
really looks like it's covered with stars. so the name really fits! :D
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The-Spoonrider Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Exquisite bird.
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Loki7z Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Very nice!
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! ;)
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:iconkappalizzy:
kappalizzy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
admitting you ate too many birdie seeds yet?
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Who, me? :rofl:

So far, since September, the birds have eaten about 50 pounds of sunflower seeds and a bunch of suet blocks. They're real pigs!
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kappalizzy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww I wish I was there... I'd sit somewhere and fed them, hope 1 comes in my hand
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You want a bird to come in your hand? :O

Well, a chickadee might, but not a starling. A chickadee landed on my head once. :D
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Gatemage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
well... not unless the starling was hand raised like this one! [link]

also, I meant to say this in my comment, but congrats- this picture is the most popular when you search "European starling"
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
They really are pretty.
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Gatemage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
and they have so much personality! oh my goodness can they be brats! the one my picture only eats millet out of people's hands.... and she gets mad at you for holding it and attacks your fingers saying "ow! ow! Ow"
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JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Lol :rofl:
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kappalizzy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eeee ^^ cute! ...hey I used to eat Chicadee sandwiches at Popeyes.....O_O
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:rofl:
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MauiMelle Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful :heart:
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! :aww:
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MauiMelle Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure :)
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MatureContntFilterOn Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool!!
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:boogie:
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bluemangoimages Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
It is a pretty bird
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:iconjrd1st:
JRd1st Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:aww:
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Dec 11, 2012, 2:16:25 PM
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