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781 Common Starling

781 Common Starling - Photography by Sabine Friedrich

The Common Starling was brought to Melbourne from Europe in 1857 and to Sydney in 1880. Acclimatisation committees encouraged their spread, and by the 1920s starlings were common in Victoria, Queensland, and NSW, but banned from introduction to WA in 1895.
It uses the feeding technique of open-bill probing; prying into the ground by inserting and opening the bill to search for insects. In Autumn and winter starlings form huge flocks.

Photography by Sabine Friedrich

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