European Starling


Actual Size: Approximately 7.5” – 8.5” long

Characteristics: Black with purplish-green and orange coloring with yellow beaks and brilliant white spots

Habitat: Often nest on top of roofs or inside of buildings in the Modesto CA area.


  • Loud and boisterous birds that congregate in large numbers.
  • Aggressive scavengers that can quickly destroy gardens and crops.
  • Capable of transmitting several diseases to humans including cryptococcosis, E. coli, and salmonella.

European Starlings in Modesto CA

Starlings are best known for their loud calls and nesting in urban areas. They are found almost everywhere in the United States and nest in large numbers near residences, where their presence can become a hazard for homeowners. Starlings are considered a nuisance for the loud noises they make, and also for spreading filth. Encephalitis, ornithosis, and histoplasmosis are some of the diseases starlings can carry. Additionally, starlings are bold, aggressive scavengers and will go after gardens and crops.

European Starling Habitat

European starlings can survive in hot and cold environments. They have little fear of humans and enjoy urban environments where food and shelter are readily available. They utilize a variety of nesting sites including building ledges, lighted signs, and lamp posts, as well as dryer and stove exhaust ducts and vents. In rural settings, starlings are found in open fields, orchards, and farms. 

European Starling Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

In addition to being obnoxiously loud when in groups, starlings can cause property damage. Unsightly starling droppings eat away at pavement and asphalt, and dried droppings have been known to cause asthma. Starlings can also spread diseases like cryptococcosis, E. coli, and salmonella. Their nesting preference for roofs, within soffits, dryer vents, and attics can cause structural damage and create fire hazards. Lawns infested with turf insects are extra-appealing to starlings. They feed on the insects, and in the process, punch thousands of holes in the sod.

If you discover starlings roosting on your property, contact a licensed bird exclusion company immediately.