IN CONTRAST to the sentimental attitude with which man usually contemplates the birds, the starling (Sturnus vulgarus) is more and more being thought of as a nuisance. Since its deliberate introduction into this country from Europe in 1890, the bird has spread widely and has increased rapidly in numbers. It has become not only a problem to farmers, but because of its tendency to roost in large numbers on buildings and in parks and other wooded areas, it has become an urban pest as well. A usurper of nest sites, the starling has caused a decrease in many native hole-breeding birds. The woodpecker has frequently been a victim. The starling has also been incriminated in a recent aviation disaster. Lately a few reports have appeared indicating that another offense can be added—namely, a role in the epidemiology of urban histoplasmosis. This communication provides further evidence to support this contention, as
Murdock WT, Travis RE, Sulliff W, Ajello L. Acute Pulmonary Histoplasmosis After Exposure to Soil Contaminated by Starling Excreta. JAMA. 1962;179(1):73–75. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050010000017a
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