Common Starling / Sturnus Vulgaris. Common indeed but still a beautiful bird and all the more impressive when seen flying in their thousands (known as murmuratuons). Photo by Estornino Pinto Santiago M. C
Thousands of starlings surround a lone bird of prey which had swooped down to pick off a straggler. "Starlings have a very particular way of defending themselves from their predators like falcons and harriers. They form a large tightly packed flock and mob their enemy, scaring it off, frequently expanding and contracting and changing shape."
Its great to have a bit of time in the New Year to find some more Zoo images for the Labels Zoo 'Welcome to the Zoo' board. I've found some great ones this morning. ☀Chester Zoo - amethyst starling by Ashley Cohen Photography*