POTW #7: African or European?

Strurnus Vulgaris
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I thought I'd stick with the avian theme today: European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) on Boston Common, 16 Sept 2007.
focal length: 432 mm, aperture: f/3.5, shutter: 1/160, distance: 2.5 meters

It is estimated that the North American population of european starlings numbers around 200 million. All these birds descend from a population of 60-100 individuals which were brought from Europe and released in New York's Central Park in the early 1890's. This specimen is a juvenile. Adults are more predominantly black.


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  1. They can be really pretty birds, you can understand why people might want to bring them over from the old country.

    On the other hand, when you get 100 of them trying to see how fast they can empty your bird feeder, they're much less pretty.

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