The close-knit patterning of a starling makes for effective camouflage in grassland when shot in high contrast monochrome. But starling plumage is not intended to blend in – they rely on colour recognition to choose their mates and social groups. Since all birds see in colour (and more colours than humans can discern or register) we cannot imagine how the iridescent summer plumage appears to them. Nor could I ever imagine that these once common British starlings could be in serious decline. The dense murmurations of winter flocks obscures their true loss.
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Sturnus vulgaris: The epithet of vulgaris is sadly something of a misnomer as British starlings today are far from common. Their populations have been in decline since the 1980s and they are now on the red list of endangered birds. see BTO: Starlings
For a fascinating understanding of how and why this Sturnidae family are the world’s most iridescently plumed see – On the Origin of the Really Shiny Species