Why are European Starlings a nuisance?


European starlings, which unlike some other starling species are not protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act – are not just annoying; they have a harmful ecological impact. They steal nest cavities from bluebirds and woodpeckers, often killing nestlings and even adult birds. It is not a good idea to feed them at feeders; however, as laws vary across the country, it’s also generally not a good idea – and may be illegal – to kill European starlings or any other nuisance birds.

– From U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


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