Breeding Activity

Breeding Habits

To attract mates, the male starling will build the base of a nest and will sing from the perch closest to the nest. The female starling will hear the song and will come and finish the nest by lining it with grass and feathers. The peak breeding time of the year is the spring, typically in April and May. All birds in a flock will begin to lay eggs within a few days of each other.

Female starlings will lay 4-6 eggs that will then hatch after 12 days. Young chicks are fed insects, earthworms, and spiders for 12 days by both parents. Because of the cavity nesting style of starlings, over 70% of eggs that are hatched produce healthy chicks that are able to leave the nest.
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