The bird (Sturnus vulgaris) is one of the most common in the world. He has a body length of 19 to 22 inches, 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 from insects and worms, which is why he is one of the most popular in the spring and summer beneficials in viticulture counts, but also of fruits, seeds and seedlings. It is therefore one of the most dangerous during the ripening period of the grapes Schad birds in viticulture at all, because he (unlike the throttle ) can occur in huge swarms.
In the fall, the starlings gather to fly south and invade the vineyards, which in extreme cases can be eaten dry within a short time. Chemical control or killing of animals is prohibited. This is why nets are stretched over the vines, and in the wind turning and reflecting shock bands, scarecrows, Light pyramids, kites, as well as acoustic devices such as deterrent devices or CD's with, for example, death cries of birds. Guardians who patrol the vineyards are effective but labor-intensive. It also "Starfighter" (aircraft) are used. See a complete listing of all vine pests and diseases below Vine enemies,