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Birding Málaga


Common name Common starling
Scientific name Sturnus vulgaris
Type Urban birds
Status Wintering

Medium-sized bird (about 22 cm or 8.5 in) with pink legs. Its bill is pointed, yellow in summer and black in winter. Plumage from black to dark brown, with violet and purple reflections and small yellowish-white specks.


Urban environments and cultivated areas

Where it lives

Grasslands, wooded countryside, cultivation areas, olive groves and urban rural areas.

How it lives

Wintering species in the province. It breeds from March with an anual laying of 3 to 8 eggs. The males are both monogamous and polygamous. Forming a couple with one or several females usually depends on the availability of food, which for the Common Starling consists of invertebrates, vegetables and fruits.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Species much less abundant than the Spotless Starling. It usually appears mixed in flocks with this last species. In the Great Path it can be observed in stages 1, 4, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 24.

Curious facts

The imitation skills of starlings have linked them in mythology to sorcerers. In fact, it was once believed that these birds were capable of casting spells.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration