spotless starling in its nest


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  • Location: Doñana Natinal Park, Huelva, Andalucia, Spain
  • Source: SEOBirdLife
  • Info: Live streaming webcam at a spotless starling nest in Doñana National Park in Spain. The nest box is in a cork oak tree.

More info: The spotless starling is closely related to the common starling but has a much smaller range, being confined to the Iberian Peninsula, Northwest Africa, southernmost France, and the islands of Sicily, Corsica and Sardinia.

The adult spotless starling is slightly larger than the common starling and has longer throat feathers forming a shaggy "beard" which is particularly obvious when the bird is singing. It is a noisy bird and a good mimic and its calls are similar to the common starling's, but louder.

The spotless starling has a wide range of habitats and can be found in any reasonably open environment, from farmland and olive groves to urban parks and gardens.

Like most starlings, the spotless starling is a cavity-nesting species, breeding in tree holes, buildings and in cliff crevices. Typically, three to five eggs are laid. Prior to incubation and in order to stimulate the female, the male adds aromatic fresh leaves to the nest as part of courtship displays, while the female adds feathers in response to the male’s display.

The breeding season occurs between April and mid-July in Spain.