Starlings: What you need to know

Identifying Characteristics

  • Starlings generally measure from 7½ – 9â…› inches in length, with a wingspan from 12 – 17 inches, and a weight of 58 – 101 grams
  • They have glossy black plumage with an iridescent green or purple sheen, black eyes and a long pointy bill
  • They have a short squared tail and form a triangular shape in flight

Active Season

  • In late summer and fall, Starlings form large flocks and roost in large deciduous trees
  • In early winter, when trees lose their leaves, they roost in areas that provide protection from wind and cold

Interesting Facts

  • Starlings can enter a round hole as small as 1â…ť inches in diameter
  • Their bill turns yellow during breeding season and their plumage develops white spots during the winter

Cause for Concern

  • Each year, starlings cause an estimated $800 million in damages to agricultural crops
  • They pose a serious health risk from the disease organisms that grow in accumulations of starling droppings, feathers, and debris under a roost

Town & Country Can Help

Customer Preparation

  • Remove clutter where starlings are being seen, as they use clutter for shelter and nesting. Do not feed starlings. Please prepare for treatment by making the areas of concern accessible to our technicians

Our Guarantee

  • Town & Country Pest Solutions offers a guarantee that is above the industry average on every pest that we treat. Please contact our office for specific guarantee offers

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If you have any evidence or any suspicion that this pest is around your property do NOT hesitate to contact us before the problem gets out of control.

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At Town & Country Pest Solutions we have gone through great lengths to better understand the pests that we encounter. Photos and videos have been an important tool in our research and we have included them here to help you “identify your pest.”

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