Order Passeriformes

Family Sturnidae

Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the family Rhabdornis (Rhabdornithidae). See link for information on this group.
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Vertical Tabs

  • 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.
  • 33 genera, 123 species, 223 taxa.
  • 15 species threatened;
    5 extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Craig, A., Feare, C. & Bonan, A. (2019). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/52370 on 8 December 2019).