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does anyone know these birds ?
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Posted By: Cee Cee, 06-11-2012, 05:33 AM

Found these birds in a neighbors tree this morning, I've never seen this type before, I've been trawling through pictures on the internet but haven't found it yet. I need an Australian Birdologist. Male & Female of the same species, I think? one is larger, and the other one is slimer and has blueish band around the neck
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They are Starlings I believe....
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that was quick, thanks you are correct,.... dam.... European Starling, never seen one before, hope We don't see them again
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Haha - they nest in rooftops and make a hell of a racket at sunrise. A couple of rubber snakes on the roof keeps them at bay!

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European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris
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at least they aren't grackles CC.
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Hey thanks guys, this seems such a prolific area for a variety of native birds I'd hate to see these things move into the area, I've been here for 18 years or so and I've never seen these before, at least not through a 300mm lens. A few more around this morning

not sure what a crackle is Bob, I've seen a picture on PF but don't really know why they are so disliked. Starling can swarm in plague proportions and do lots of damage to crops etc and take over all the nesting places to the exclusion of native birds
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