noun \ˈstär-liŋ\

: a dark brown or black bird that is common in Europe and the U.S.

Full Definition of STARLING

:  any of a family (Sturnidae, especially genus Sturnus) of usually dark gregarious oscine birds; especially :  a dark brown or in summer glossy greenish-black European bird (S. vulgaris) naturalized nearly worldwide and often considered a pest

Origin of STARLING

Middle English, from Old English stærlinc, from stær starling + -ling, -linc -ling; akin to Old High German stara starling, Latin sturnus
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with STARLING


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Common starling (Sturnus vulgaris).—(Top) Eric Hosking, (bottom) George W. Robinson from Root Resources—EB Inc.

Any of nearly 120 species (family Sturnidae) of songbirds of temperate Eurasia, Africa, and Australia. The best known is Sturnus vulgaris, an 8-in. (20-cm) chunky iridescent black bird with a long sharp bill. It has been introduced from Eurasia to most parts of the world, except South America. The millions in North America are descendants of 100 birds released in New York City in 1890. Starlings search the ground for a wide range of plant and animal foods and fly in a tight flock. They are vocal year-round, mimicking other birds' notes and uttering wheezy sounds of their own.


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