fat shaggy black bird with white spots on chest

by Cheri H
(Westerville, OH)

I live near Columbus, OH, and during a recent blizzard, I saw three different types of birds I had never seen in Ohio before. I have identified the other two as a junco and possibly a house finch. This one was rather large (bigger than a robin but smaller than a pigeon). He was shiny jet black with the exception of the white spots on the chest, which had an iridescent look to them. He had a thin, black, pointy beak. He would flap his wings rapidly while in a upright position and then land on my balcony. I am assuming he came from somewhere west of Ohio, since the storm blew in from the northwest. I'd love to know what species he is. Thanks!

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Feb 18, 2015
fat shaggy black bird with white spots on chest
by: Brook

Hi, I agree with Judy. It does sound like a European Starling, they are very common in the states.

Feb 17, 2015
Starling
by: Judy-Seattle

Your description sounds a lot Ike a Starling.

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