Starlings, Song Thrushes & Blackbirds

Hatchling/Nestling starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds

  • Keep hatchlings/nestlings warm at 32-35°C by using a lamp or heat pad.
  • Use a plastic berry container as a nest. Line it with toilet or tissue paper.
  • Weigh regularly.
  • Fed 5% of a chick's body weight every 20-30 minutes for 12-14 hours per day.

Fledgling starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds

  • Fed every 45 minutes for 12-14 hours per day.
  • As soon as chicks are perching and moving around their cage offer solid food as well.

Weaning starlings, song thrushes & blackbirds

  • Start weaning when fledglings are starting to self-feed.
  • Their weight will continue to increase overtime. There may be little decreases overnight, but then the weight will increase during the day.
  • Feedings should be slowly decreased over a period of days.
  • Use a larger cage, cockatiel sized.
  • When self-feeding use an aviary (or similar large enclosure) to build-up flight muscles.

Food in the wild


Starlings mainly eat invertebrates, some grains, food scraps from humans, fruit and occasionally nectar.


Blackbirds mainly feed on invertebrates and some berries.