Sturnus Vulgaris - Sian Moore
Common Starling (Bird)
The shining purple and green colours of the Common Starling allow the species to be easily distinguishable compared to other Starling species, while the feathers are a white/beige colour at the tip of each feather. This creates a speckled effect when seen from a distance, as seen in the illustration. These bold tips fade away during breeding season, only to return shortly after. The gender of the Common Starling can be identified via the colour of the eye – the greyish colour seen in the illustration would determine the bird to be a female. The male of the species would have brown coloured irises.
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