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European Starling     Sturnus vulgaris

The European Starling is native to Europe and Asia.  It was introduced into New York City in 1890 and since has spread throughout the lower 48 states, north through Canada to southern Alaska and south to northern Mexico.  It is a year-round resident in most of these areas, but some northern birds will migrate south.

Starlings breed throughout most of Florida.  They are only absent from large undeveloped areas, such as the Everglades, Big Cypress Swamp, and the northern national forests.