The bird (Sturnus vulgaris) is one of the most common in the world. It has a body length of 19 to 22 centimeters, a short tail and a long, sharp beak. The body feathers are blackish with a metallic green or purple sheen with white to beige tips. The body appears brightly dotted. The star lives on insects and worms, which is why it is one of the best in spring and summer beneficials counts in viticulture, but also of fruits, seeds and seedlings. It is therefore one of the most dangerous when the grapes ripen Schad birds in viticulture at all, because (unlike the throttle ) can occur in huge swarms.
In the fall, the starlings gather for a flight to the south and attack the vineyards, which in extreme cases can be eaten empty within a short time. Chemical control or killing of animals is prohibited. That is why nets stretched over the vines, reflecting tapes rotating in the wind, scarecrows, Pyramids of light, kites, as well as acoustic devices such as start-up guns or CD's with, for example, cries of death from birds. Guardians patrolling the vineyards are effective but labor intensive. Starfighters (planes) are also used. See a complete list of all vine pests and diseases below Vine enemies,