Order Passeriformes

Family Sturnidae

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  • Small to medium-sized passerines with slender to heavy bill; plumage coloration often black, or with brilliant iridescent structural colours.
  • Africa, Eurasia, Pacific islands, and north-east Australia; introduced in many parts of world.
  • Forest, grassland, scrubland, orchards, plantations, gardens, villages, urban areas.
  • 15-45 cm.
  • 31 genera, 112 species, 215 taxa.
  • 8 species threatened;
    5 extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & Bonan, A. (2017). Starlings (Sturnidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/52370 on 27 March 2017).