The striking starling appears, at first glance, to be black all over. Yet, when the sunlight catches it, an iridescent plumage is revealed which shines purple, gold and green. In the winter the plumage gets slightly speckled with white. The starling is also quite partial to mimicking other sounds.
Although still relatively common, starlings appear on the Red List of Birds of conservation Concern as numbers have declined by as much as 70%. They are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 which means it is illegal to intentionally kill or injure a starling. Declines are generally due to loss of habitat for feeding and general intensification of farming.
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