On closer in­spec­tion: Plumage ap­pear­ance

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Starlings -

From a cur­sory view, you might eas­ily dis­miss a Eurasian star­ling as a non­de­script, black bird. Up close, how­ever, the truth could not be more dif­fer­ent. In breed­ing plumage, there is no glossier Bri­tish species, with the sheen flick­er­ing from pur­ple to green ( right) as the birds’ move­ments catch the light. Once nest­ing is over for an­other year, gaudi­ness is un­nec­es­sary. The post­nup­tial moult re­sults in duller plumage, with black feath­ers tipped white, cre­at­ing a spotty ap­pear­ance. By spring, the iri­des­cence re­turns once again.

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