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Starlings are very tenacious and adaptable social birds - a good thing too, as their numbers are rapidly declining across much of northern Europe and the UK.

 

This is a little short from 2019 looking at the audacious urban starlings of London, how they interact with humans and the lengths they go to get a meal!

WHERE HAVE ALL THE BIRDS GONE?

The UK population of starlings is red-listed, meaning that they are in dramatic decline across much of Europe - numbers have fallen by 70%. UK starlings are resident, whilst northern European birds migrate for winter; we have been getting fewer and fewer migrants each year. 

This is thought to have been caused by a reduction in the survival rates of juvenile birds and the loss of major roosting sites in the wild, forcing them to relocate and abandon certain feeding areas for safer settings - like cities and towns.

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