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A Murmuration of Starlings

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Also the name of a beautiful book of poetry by Jake Adam York, a group of starlings is known as a “murmuration.” One could make the case that the birds are America’s most literary. Each of the hundreds of millions of European starlings currently inhabiting North America is a descendant of the approximately 100 birds released in New York City’s Central Park in the early 1890s. They were released by a society intent on populating America with each of the birds mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays.

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One Response to “A Murmuration of Starlings”

  1. meredith
    at 2:30 pm on November 9, 2011

    this made my heart happy today!

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