Sturnidae – Starlings
Widespread medium-sized passerine birds often considered invasive species
A diverse group of birds found worldwide. They are known for their unique vocalizations, which often include mimicry of other bird species and even human sounds. Many species within this family have distinctive plumage, including iridescent feathers and speckled patterns. Starlings are omnivorous and have a varied diet, including insects, fruit, and seeds.
They are also important in the ecosystem, playing a role in controlling insect populations and dispersing seeds. Some species are considered pests due to their large flocks and impact on agricultural crops. However, many species are popular with birdwatchers and are even kept as pets.