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Hello everyone! I have a good handle on my regular garden visitors but now that there are lots of baby birds around there seems to be a hard-to-identify brown bird every other day. There's one in particular... same size as a blackbird, brown plummage with a tiny lighter stripe in the middle of the chest, dark beak. I thought it was a juvenile blackbird at first but it definitely doesn't have the markings. I wasn't able to snap a pic unfortunately. He/she was on my suet feeder. Any ideas?

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  • Hi Zelly, it's definitely a Starling. I agree with Catlady that it's a juvenile; the black beak confirms that. The adult's beak is yellow. The plumage of a juvenile darkens as they mature. Here's one I'v just photographed.

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  • Might it be a juvenile Starling? This one, taken in my garden recently, shows a little bit of a pale-ish stripe down the front and of course they love hanging fat feeders, especially at the moment!

  • Hi Nigel, thanks for the reply. Fantastic photo! Not my bird unfortunately. Guess it'd be a lot better if I had a pic but he's a lot darker in colour. I'll try to catch him on camera!



  • I managed to get him on camera. The pictures weren't great quality so here's a video. He was with a female blackbird so maybe it is a juvenile but it just doesn't seem to have the markings. Let me know what you think!

  • Hi Zelly, I think it is a young starling, not a blackbird.

  • Hi Catlady, thanks for the reply :) I didn't think it was a juvenile starling as he looks a lot brighter in Nigel's photo but having looked at more photos it looks like it could be it. Very cute bird in any case!

  • Hi Zelly, it's definitely a Starling. I agree with Catlady that it's a juvenile; the black beak confirms that. The adult's beak is yellow. The plumage of a juvenile darkens as they mature. Here's one I'v just photographed.

  • Whoo hoo, I got something correct!