- European Starlings occur naturally in Europe,
Asia and North Africa.
- They are aggressive invaders that have spread
to most temperate parts of the world.
- Cecil John Rhodes brought European
Starlings to Cape Town in 1897, along with other birds and mammals.
- The starlings bred rapidly and spread across
the whole Fynbos Biome in less than 50 years.
- They are one of the bird species that feeds on
Rooikrans seed and helps to spread this
invasive alien plant.
- Starlings feed mainly on invertebrates that
live in the soil, but are also a serious agricultural pest, causing huge
damage to crops.
- They nest in cracks and holes and may displace
indigenous animals that use the same nesting sites, or cause a nuisance
when they nest in people’s roofs.
They often form huge flocks, especially in the late
afternoon when they gather at their roosts.
These roosts are very noisy, messy places.