Apr 11 2012
In some bird species it’s easy to identify males and females because they look so different. Northern cardinals are easy but adult European starlings are impossible to tell apart.
Or are they?
Did you know you can identify male and female starlings during the breeding season by the color at the base of their bills? Males have blue or blue-gray at the base of their lower mandibles. Females have pink.
Just like the baby colors — girls are pink, boys are blue. You can see it with binoculars.
I’m examining starlings more closely now.
Guess which sex this one is.
(photo by Chuck Tague)