Starlings are typically 7-9 inches in length. They are typically shiny black birds with purple or green colouring throughout with white speckles that are very prominent in the winter.
Starlings can be found throughout Ontario. Some starlings may migrate in the winter, however, they are not true migratory birds and many will adapt to the winter temperatures. They nest and roost in and around residential, recreational/cottage and commercial properties and they have a rather large breeding capacity.
Starlings can be a nuisance in both urban and rural areas due to their nesting, eating and roosting habits. When the birds are in the flocking phase, thousands of starlings will aggressively overwhelm buildings and trees. Starlings will often construct their nests under roof eaves, in crevices and holes in walls and out-buildings, in/on machinery, and in/on commercial signs. They roost in large noisy flocks on branches of trees and bushes, under eaves of houses, attic vents and commercial signs.
To reduce the risk of starlings resting, scavenging or nesting around your home, recreational/cottage or business property, bird proofing/exclusion is the best prevention.
Solace Pest Solutions can provide you with many bird proofing/exclusion services and solutions.