These starlings know how to put on quite the show.
Known for avoiding birds of prey by flying in a tight group and keeping their flock united at all times, these starlings put on an amazing display of togetherness in the sky that is visually captivating.
Here is something interesting you may not have known about the starling…
Eugene Schieffelin, president of the American Acclimatization Society, successfully released 60 common starlings in New York’s Central Park in 1890 after two previous failed attempts. Not to mention he also attempted to introduce every bird species into North America that William Shakespeare had ever written about.
Estimated around the same date, the Portland Song Bird Club also released 35 pairs of common starlings in Portland, Oregon. Though the birds did establish themselves, they disappeared by 1902.
Reappearing in the Pacific Northwest during the mid-1940s, the common starlings were most likely descendants from the group introduced to Central Park in 1890. It is believed that the original 60 birds have grown in number to 150 million, and can be seen from southern Canada and Alaska all the way to Central America.
So if you ever get a chance to see these magnificent birds dancing in the wind, you might want to just sit back and enjoy the show.
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