The Common or European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is a medium-sized bird native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. In addition, the species has been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, southern Africa, northern America, and parts of southern America. The birds are omnivorous, feeding on insects, worms, and other invertebrates as well as seeds and fruits. Occasionally, very large flocks of several thousand individuals gather and can become a considerable nuisance in towns due to their noise and droppings. Similarly, they can cause substantial damages in fruit plantations. The flocks fly in dense clouds commonly changing shape against the sky, a behaviour believed to protect individuals against birds of prey. In Europe, the Common Starling is one of the most abundant birds and recently I have photographed these pretty birds with their iridescent, glossy black plumage at several places in northern Germany (April and May 2015).