What is the Starling’s nesting behaviour
As aforementioned, the species are repute for being pugnacious and this is apparent in nesting too, driving native birds out of their territories.
It is the male that builds the nest from grass and this is usually in a hole in the wall, tree or building. So you can expect to see them nesting in places like parks and gardens and they’ve taken to nest boxes too.
It is then the females that line it with feathers, wool and moss. Interestingly, once the nest has been built the male will decorate it with leaves and petals.
Starlings usually breed during April and June and a typical clutch contains between 4-7 pale blue-green eggs. Males often have several families but only the female brood the chicks.
Females can produce 1-2 broods a year and then it is both parents’ responsibility to feed their young. It is not uncommon though for females to lay their eggs in another starling’s nest!
Please do visit our Interactive Starling Murmuration map this winter to find a murmuration near you and if you’re lucky enough to see one, please share the video with us and we’ll put your sighting on the map for everyone to enjoy.