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An Unwelcome Success: The European Starling in America

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An Unwelcome Success: The European Starling in America is the story of the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), a bird species introduced to the continental United States during the springs of 1890 and 1891 by the Acclimatization Society of America…


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An Unwelcome Success: The European Starling in America is the story of the European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), a bird species introduced to the continental United States during the springs of 1890 and 1891 by the Acclimatization Society of America in New York City. The film covers all aspects of the Starling including the history in the United States, behavior in the wild, current research on the bird with emphasis on the bird's cognition, intelligence and mimicry abilities, the bird as a captive pet with anecdotal segments as well as its bad reputation as an invasive, non-native species. The story is woven as a tapestry of interviews with researchers, bird rehabilitators, bird watchers, pet owners, those with casual encounters with the bird as well as footage of the bird taken in the wild and in captivity. The life cycle of the Starling is illustrated throughout the film. The evolutionary prowess of the bird is emphasized along with its intelligence as well as its impact on humans, both good and bad. The overall philosophy of the film is to present the Starling as the amazing creature of adaption it has proven itself to be in America.

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