CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
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?
In 1776, Father Pedro Font wrote, "The port of San Francisco...is a marvel of nature, and might well be called a harbor of harbors...And I think if it could be well settled like Europe there would not be anything more beautiful in all the world."