Starling

 
Cover: Starling
 
 

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Summary

Starlings have glossy feathers and are aggressive competitors for nesting sites. Native to Europe and Asia, these birds were introduced to North America, Australia, and South Africa. Find out why these feathered invaders pose a threat to native birds species and farm crops.

Specifications

Leveling

  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 120817
  • Accelerated Reader® Reading Level: 4.9
  • Accelerated Reader® Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects

Table of Contents

  • Moving Day
  • The Life of the European Starling
  • How the Starlings Took Over
  • The Problem with Starlings
  • Looking for Answers
  • Map
  • Glossary
  • For More Information
  • Index
  • About the Author

Reviews

School Library Journal - Animal Invaders

Gr 4-6 Each volume begins with an exciting, true-life story of humans encountering these creatures in unexpected places. The books continue with too-brief sections describing life cycle, diet, natural habitat, and natural predators, and then focus on how each animal has moved to a new habitat (thanks to humans) and turned into an invasive species there. The clear but slightly dry narratives are surrounded by ample white space, and each page features large, sharp, color photographs of creatures or their habitats. Some of the photos (such as one of a sunset on an Australian beach in “Spotted Jellyfish”) are extraneous. Inset boxes with captions such as “21st Century Content” and “Life and Career Skills” discuss recent developments (including scientists’ new, more accurate term for jellyfishsea jellies) and related careers, and are intended to further classroom discussion. These books will be good jumping-off points for research, but children will need more in-depth materials in order to really learn about the animals. Denise Schmidt, San Francisco Public Library, CA Copyright 2010 Media Source Inc..

Contributors

Author: Susan H. Gray

Susan H. Gray has a master’s degree in zoology. She has written more than 70 science and reference books for children and especially loves writing about animals. Gray also likes to garden and play the piano. She lives in Cabot, Arkansas, with her husband, Michael, and many pets.

 

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