Starlings are usually found in the south-west region of Iceland, where they have settled relatively recently. The first noted breeding pairs were recorded in the 1940s. They are opportunistic birds, ready to exploit human wastes but also make good use of their natural environment.
During the winter the male develops elongated breeding plumage on his breast and his back, flanks and rump become a deep iridescent green. The female is generally less colourful and retains more of the cream coloured flecks. Both sexes undergo a complete molt after the breeding season and return to their winter plumage.