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Starlings are small to medium-sized passerine birds in the family Sturnidae. The name "Sturnidae" comes from the Latin word for starling, sturnus. Starlings are native to Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as northern Australia and the islands of the tropical Pacific. Many Asian species, particularly the larger ones, are called mynas, and many are strikingly coloured and iridescent. The starling's colour is remarkable. Melanin in the feather structure absorbs light - so often the bird looks black. However, from a different angle, the starling's beautiful purple and green iridescence is formed by refraction of light through a microscopically thin transparent layer on the feathers – just like oil on water. Miniscule differences in the thickness of the layers create the purples or greens in the case of starlings.

See also: Amethyst starling, Ashy Starling, Bali Starling, Black collared starling, Blyth's starling, Brahminy starling, Common starling, Emerald starling, Greater blue eared starling, Hildebrandt's Starling, Purple Glossy Starling, Red billed starling, Red winged starling, Ruppell's starling, Superb starling, Wattled starling
Amethyst starlingAshy StarlingBali starlingBlack collared starlingBlyth's starlingBrahminy starlingCommon StarlingCommon StarlingEmerald starlingGreater blue eared starlingHildebrant's starlingPurple glossy starlingRed billed starlingRed winged starlingRuppell's starlingSuperb starlingWattled starlingWhite billed starlingGrosbeak starling / finch-billed mynaHorse with starlings