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Learn how to identify birds in this Howcast video series about birdwatching.
You Will Need
- A field guide
Observe the bird's size and shape
Consider the bird's appearance through binoculars and compare it with the pictures in your field guide. Starlings have stout bodies, short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, so that the birds resemble four-pointed stars.
Observe the bird's coloring
Consider the bird's color. Starlings may appear black from a distance, but in summer they are iridescent purple-green with yellow beaks. In winter they are brown with white spots and dark bills.
Observe the bird's call
Consider the bird's call. In the spring, starlings sit together in trees and produce a variety of sounds, including squeaks, chatters, chirps, and a whistle.
Observe the bird's behavior
Consider the bird's behavior. Starlings travel in large flocks, often with other species, and are frequently found sitting on telephone wires, buildings, or trees.
Consider the bird's habitat
Consider the habitat where the bird is observed. Starlings like to live around human settlements, and they feed on the ground in spaces they share with humans, such as lawns and parking lots.