The UK charity RSPB have announced that the number of common garden starlings are at an all time low since the survey began more than thirty years ago. Starlings have been on a downward trend for the past 25 years and have declined by almost 80%.
The starling famous for its winter displays known as "murmurations" involving up to hundreds of thousands of birds, has seen a steady decline in numbers most years since the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch began in 1979.
It is not clear what is causing the declines, although possible causes include changes in their feeding habits and reductions in their insect food in the soil. RSPB scientist Mark Eaton said:
The annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey, which involved 600,000 people this year also revealed that there were 22% less blackbirds this year.