Monday, January 07, 2013
Define “Invasive”: A starling taught to speak
A group of starlings is known as a “constellation” or a “filth” or a “murmuration” or a “scourge” or a “vulgarity.” Whatever term you may use, starling flocks often number in the tens of thousands.
I also learned that every European Starling in North America “descended from 100 birds released in New York’s Central Park in the early 1890s. A group dedicated to introducing America to all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s works set the birds free.”
Thanks to this dimwitted idea, you can now find over 200 million European Starlings across much of North America.
Finally, I learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has named the European Starling and invasive species because it “competes with native species and destroys crops.”
One of my recent photos: