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European starling (photo by Jerry Hall)

Exploring Nature with Jerry Hall: Mozart's starling

Sometimes when I see a European starling, I am reminded of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.  
Mozart once had a pet starling.  He purchased it at a Viennese pet shop in May of 1784 and noted in his expense book that the bird sang a true fragment, which resembled a composition of his.
This would not be that unusual because starlings have an extremely flexible vocal capacity.  They can imitate a variety of sounds, ranging from other birds to a barking dog.


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