The Sound of Starlings

Starling Sturnus vulgaris

My neighbour has a large cherry tree and one or two Starlings have been perched in it of late in the high branches. They make the most varied and curious bird song I have ever heard, which is quite fascinating.


Starling Sturnus vulgaris, April 2018, rear garden, Staffordshire, England. Β© Pete Hillman

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18 thoughts on “The Sound of Starlings

  1. Starlings like to perch on the rigging of the boats around me as I work, and their calls and songs are just delightful. I’ve always thought of them as burbling, like a fountain of sound.

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  2. Two pairs of starlings are living and breeding under my roof for years now. First the males do arrive in spring. They are not yet ready to sing. They are practising and it sounds like some murmurs. Then sometimes a high note comes out and then they fall silent, like they are surprised to hear themselves. On nice days I go outdoors and whistle to them ( to inspire them). Later in spring – when they are able to sing- sometimes I am treated to one of my own whistle-melodies. But to be honest, both males prefer the jingle of my old Nokia-mobile πŸ™‚

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  3. One of their nests is under the roof of my guestroom. Some guest became very upset by the noises in the night. young starlings seem to be very active at night. The other pair is under the roof of my bedroom, but I never wake from noises they make. Am used to it I guess.

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