Chapter 45. The European Starling

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Melissa Bateson1 and
  2. Lucy Asher2

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch45

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Bateson, M. and Asher, L. (2010) The European Starling, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch45

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH, UK

  2. 2

    Royal Veterinary College, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, AL9 7TA, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • European starling (Sturnus vulgaris L.), medium-sized song-bird family Sturnidae, sub-order Oscines;
  • starlings, readily available and robust species - settling fast in captivity and in good health;
  • starlings used in laboratory research - caught from the wild;
  • starlings, cavity nesters - usually colonial breeders with nests;
  • captive starlings - in wide variety of enclosures of different sizes and shapes;
  • cages equipped with adequate perches - for all birds, to reduce competition;
  • sexually dimorphic features in starlings;
  • bill and claw trimming;
  • captive starlings, rarely with disease problems - if husbandry is good;
  • abnormal behaviour pattern - by caged starlings, somersaulting or flipping stereotypy

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Laboratory management

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • Further reading

  • References