Starling Takes a Bath

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This is a European ,Sternavulgaris. An occasional bath helps it maintain its glossy splendor. I came upon a splashing at the edge of a pond in Brooklyn, in New York City. After getting wet, he flew into a tree and shook and preened methodically for a few minutes, pictured below. Click on the photos to enlarge.

Shaking.

Shaking harder.

Preening right.

Preening left.

Stretching and erecting the feathers.

Preening right again.

Preening left again.

Erecting everything again.

The starling eventually flew to a higher branch, spread its wings, and sat in the sun to dry.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

Julie Feinstein

Julie Feinstein

I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History, an author, and a photographer. I live in New York City. I recently published my first popular science book, Field Guide to Urban Wildlife, an illustrated collection of natural history essays about common animals. I update my blog, Urban Wildlife Guide, every Sunday.

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