Starlings were originally introduced to help farmers control unwanted insects on livestock and in crops. However, in some areas they are now a pest causing damage to crops (e.g. grapes).
Scientific name: Sturnus vulgaris
Other names: Common starling, European starling
New Zealand Status: Introduced
Conservation Status: Naturalised
Where they feed: Ground, shrubs and trees.
What they eat: Invertebrates, fruit, nectar