In 1890, 60 starlings from Europe were released into New York\'s Central Park. Using food and nesting cavities associated with humans, they multiplied and spread across North America to become one of the most wide spread and common species on the continent. They nest opportunistically in a wide range of cavities, and they can compete with native species, such as bluebirds and woodpeckers for nest sites. They feed on fruits, invertebrates and a wide range of food types. During the winter they gather in immense flocks, often together with blackbirds and robins. They can imitate the songs and calls of many other bird species.
The four-digit banding code is EUST.