Natural History: The European Starling is an introduced species in the Presidio. It eats invertebrates, seeds, fruits, and garbage, foraging in open habitats. It often roosts in large flocks. The Starling nests in cavities, crevices, nest boxes, outcompeting many native cavity nesters.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species can be found in annual grasslands, all forests, and all developed areas. It breeds in the Presidio.
Frequency: This species is abundant all year.
Identifying Characteristics: The European Starling is usually black in color with a glossy purple coat in the spring. It has a long, yellow bill. The bird takes on a speckled appearance in the winter.
Did You Know?
Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.