- Nov 13 12:47 pm
This bird is a European Starling, a introduced bird to Vancouver.
You can check Cornell's All About Birds website, or similar online databases.
Books are quite helpful sometimes and certain books which focus on BC's Birds can narrow the species down quite a bit - and most books separate them by family, and sometimes you can narrow it down by the shape and structure of the bird. For the color of the bird, Starlings can be very tricky since they can look different from the angle of the sun on their feathers, as males can look black to purple and females or immature birds look a little white sometimes. A telltale starling sign for me is small pointy yellow beak combined with the odd feathers. Also, the habitat of the bird is another sign. Starlings have colonized vancouver and often feed on human scraps, and a lot of the time, on golf courses and other fields for bugs.
Hope this helps, Adam