[AS.] A small greenish-black British song-bird, which can be taught to whistle tunes and sometimes to speak a few words. It builds in church steeples, in ruins, or on rocks. The food of the starling consists of insects, caterpillars, worms, and snails; but it also feeds on grain, fruits, and seeds. In severe winters it frequents the sea-shore, but in summer it is found in the farmers' garden, where it makes harsh cries and chattering sounds before retiring to rest. In America, bobolinks, cow birds, meadow-larks, orioles, and red-winged blackbirds are all starlings. The bobolink is black and white. The oriole is called a hanging bird because of its peculiar nest, which is like a pouch or pocket.