European Starling

Updated: Nov 22, 2018

This bird causes 1.6 billion dollars in damage to the US economy every year, and it's Shakespeare's fault. Well, kind of.

Listen and learn about the bird who has speaking abilities on par with parrots, who helped Mozart write his songs. Find out about a surprisingly amazing animal, and try to wrap your head around murmurations, on this episode of Species.

Murmuration video:

Bibliography: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FN8VHiGp7TPCIa2DfFBEYiLtAeDkW8wXaHarOnPloPk/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a beautiful photo of this animal:

Public domain photo of a European starling looking very iridescent.Public domain photo of a European starling looking very iridescent.

And here is a beautiful drawing of this animal from a listener named Amelia (age 8):