Nest Boxes for Starlings
Starlings will nest in ready made nest boxes, holes and cavities in buildings, under bridges or in trees. The male will initially build the nest from leaves and dry grass, the female will complete the nest, lining it with feathers and moss to make the nest cup.
During the month of April a Starling can lay up to 6 eggs which will be incubated by the female for about 10 - 14 days before hatching. Both parents feed the chicks which will fledge in about 21 days, then likely fed for another week or two whilst they learn to fend for themselves. Starlings consume a diet mainly of just Insects and fruit.
Smaller than blackbirds, with a short tail, pointed head, triangular wings, starlings look black at a distance but when seen closer they are very glossy with a sheen of purples and greens. Starlings can be seen all year round. Large numbers arrive in the autumn to spend the winter here.