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European Starling


Actual Size: 7.5 – 8.5”

Characteristics: Purplish-green in color with yellow beaks, brilliant white spots

Habitat: Often nest on top of roofs or inside of buildings.


  • Loud and boisterous birds that congregate in large numbers.
  • Aggressive scavengers can quickly destroy gardens and crops.
  • Capable of transmitting several diseases like cryptococcosis, E. coli, and salmonella.

European Starlings in Salina

Starlings are known as boisterous birds that nest in urban and suburban environments. They are found throughout the United States and nest in large numbers near homes in Salina, where their presence can become dangerous for homeowners. European starlings are disliked for their loud vocalizations at roosting time and because of the filth they leave behind. Not only are they obnoxious to the senses, but starlings also bring health risks with them. As a known carrier of diseases such as encephalitis, ornithosis, and histoplasmosis, it’s important to keep your distance. Additionally, starlings are bold, aggressive scavengers and can quickly destroy gardens and crops.

European Starling Habitat

Starlings can survive in both warm and cold environments. They’re not fearful of humans and can become quite comfortable in urban environments where food and shelter are abundant. Starlings are well adapted to cities, where they can utilize a multitude of nesting sites including building ledges, lighted signs, and lamp posts, as well as dryer and stove exhaust ducts and vents. Starlings prefer to roost in tree cavities or small crevices but will choose an attic if these natural habitats are not available. In rural areas, starlings can be found in fields, orchards, and farms.

European Starling Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Obnoxious and loud in groups, starlings also cause property damage. Their nesting habits on roofs, soffits, dryer vents, and attics can cause structural damage and create dangerous fire hazards. Starling droppings can eat away at pavement and asphalt, and dried droppings can trigger asthma in individuals. European starlings are also capable of transmitting diseases like cryptococcosis, E. coli, and salmonella. Lawns infested with turf insects are likely to be visited by thousands of starlings, which feed on the insects, and in the process, punch thousands of unsightly holes in the sod.

If you discover European starlings roosting on your property, contact a licensed bird control company immediately.

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