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Merlin Bird ID

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    European Starling Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Starlings are chunky and blackbird-sized, but with short tails and long, slender beaks. In flight their wings are short and pointed, making them look rather like small, four-pointed stars (and giving them their name).

      Relative Size

      Nearly twice the size of a House Sparrow; smaller than an American Robin

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      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 7.9-9.1 in (20-23 cm)
        • Weight: 2.1-3.4 oz (60-96 g)
        • Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in (31-40 cm)