Starlings

So we have been feeding birds on our roof lately. And noticed something I never noticed before.  Growing up in the Suburbs of Toronto, most of the Starlings in the area were of the black variety.  Similar to this photo.  However I noticed some brown starlings on my roof, fighting with the black ones for chunks of bread.  I then got confused – Whats with the different colours?   So I looked it up.

Unlike the Black Toronto Grey Squirrels, this doesn’t appear to be a regional mutation.  As it turns out, the black starlings come from Africa…  The brown speckled starlings come from Europe…   This brought a whole new light to the bird world, and opened up the door for a lot of potentially politically incorrect jokes, and monty python references directed towards the starlings.

For one, I noticed that the European Starlings generally only congragated in groups of no more then 2 or 3.  They would be enjoying a meal on my roof, when a gang of 10 to 15 African Starlings fly in and scare them away…   I lul’ed.

My sources for this information were Wikipedia.  You can read about them here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starling

Just to be clear, I am not trying to be racist.  Just some light hearted saterical humor.

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