European Starlings

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European Starlings

European Starlings are destructive to native wildlife pushing out native cavity nesters like bluebirds, owls, and woodpeckers. Large flocks can damage crops, and their waste can spread invasive seeds and transmit disease. To deter them you should cover fruit-bearing trees and shrubs with netting, gather up and discard fallen fruit. Cleaning beneath hanging feeders to remove spilled seed is also a good idea. You can use a hawk decoy or hang strips of aluminum foil (or shiny party streamers) from the trees or other high points around your home and garden. The sun reflects off the shiny surface and bothers their eyes, deterring them from coming near.

Ultrasonic noise makers are static sound-emitting bird deterrents you can place in gardens, patios, balconies and other open spaces to help scare various nuisance birds away. There are several versions of natural DIY bird repellent sprays you can make at home such as a concoction of chili peppers, water, and vinegar. The birds you see occupying the nest from one year to the next are likely to be adult birds that had bred in the same colony, even in the same nest hole the previous year, or first time breeders that have arrived from outside the colony.

Starlings are one of the most destructive alien species ever introduced in Canada and get recklessly aggressive towards other birds and occasionally humans if they get too close to their nests during fledgling season.

Did You Know?

Starlings are one of the most destructive alien species ever introduced in Canada!

What You Need to Know About European Starlings

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The legs are pink and the bill is black in winter and yellow in summer; young birds have browner plumage than the adults. It is a noisy bird about 20 cm long and has glossy black plumage with a metallic sheen, which is speckled with white at some times of year.

Starlings typically live around people, using mowed lawns, city streets, and agricultural fields for feeding. Most numerous in farm country and in suburbs and cities, but inhabits almost any kind of disturbed habitat. They are a lowland bird found mainly in non-mountainous areas. During the breeding season, these birds require holes for nesting.

Young European starlings will stay in the nest for 21 to 23 days and can live up to 21 years in the wild.

Little Critters Can Be A Nuisance

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We always try to find the most humane and least stressful options in removing the nuisance animals. Sometimes different animals, pests or situations may require different solutions. We are always prepared for whatever wildlife or pest issue you have.