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Birding Málaga


Common name Spotless starling
Scientific name Sturnus unicolor
Type Urban birds
Status Resident

Medium-sized bird (approx 21 cm or 8.5 in) of uniform black colour with metallic highlights, compact appearance and short, strong orange or reddish legs. Pointed bill of yellow colour in summer and dark in winter. When it moves on the ground it does it in an upright manner, without jumping, which differentiates it from the Common Blackbird.


Urban environments

Where it lives

Present in many different environments, showing preference for those where there is a human presence. Forests, agricultural lands, wooded crops, parks, gardens and urban centers.

How it lives

Species resident in Malaga all year round. The Spotless Starling breeds from April, making two annual layings of 4 to 5 eggs. Nest in hollows of trees, rocky or sandy slopes and in buildings. It feeds on invertebrates, although in autumn it takes advantage of fruits and seeds. This bird makes trips to pastures and crops in search of food and is colonial, especially in roosts during the winter.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

Very common and abundant species, especially in rural and urban areas of the province. It can be watched throughout the Great Path.

Curious facts

Starlings are expert imitators of the song and call of other birds. They imitate perfectly blackbirds and kestrels, for example. The big flocks usually coordinate in flight in such a way that they draw shapes in the air like the big banks of fish.

Routes where it can be observed
Wintering Summer Resident Migration