The European Starling is a beautiful, though relatively common, bird that lives in Europe and western Asia. It is called "Spreeuw" in Dutch, and has a relatively small wingspan: 31-44 cm. It generally travels in large flocks and feeds on insects as well as seeds and whatever else it can find. The European Starling's scientific name is sturnus vulgaris, a rather un-fitting name for this beautiful bird. Remember that vulgaris implies common, not vulgar.
This bird has also been known to feed in flocks on garbage that is left open, and perhaps its lack of pickiness in terms of diet is where the reputation of this animal was brought down.
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