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Juvenile European Starling | by PhotoJeff
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Juvenile European Starling

Salt Marsh Nature Center

Marine Park

Brooklyn NY


The Starling was first introduced in North America in 1890 when an eccentric drug manufacturer named Eugene Schieffelin entered New York City's Central Park and released some 60 European starlings he had imported from England. In 1891 he released about 40 more. Schieffelin's eccentric goal was to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare.


"Nay, I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak nothing but 'Mortimer,' and give it him to keep his anger still in motion."

-William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 1, 1:3


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Taken on June 2, 2008