On the Spread of Democracy
Vol. XXVI, no. 2
Eugene Schieffelin let eighty starlings into Central Park in March 1890: He planned to introduce to North America each bird appearing in Shakespeare's plays. This, according to The Ornithology of Shakespeare by James Edmund Harting.
Hotspur: ... Nay,
I'll have a starling shall be taught to speak
Nothing but "Mortimer," and give it him
to keep his anger still in motion.
And the charter of the American Acclimatization Society: "... the introduction of such foreign varieties of the animal and vegetable kingdom as may be useful or interesting."
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There are now believed to be two-hundred million starlings in North America.
Starlings outcompete nearly every species of North American bird.
A starling was once witnessed luring a pileated woodpecker by dangling a worm in front of its hole. The starling then murdered the other bird with several pecks to its eyes.
Banquo: It will be rain to-night.
First Murderer: Let it come down.
They set upon Banquo.
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A flock of starlings is called a murmuring, which can sometimes appear like a widening phrase of bombs come down.
Bomb murmuring. A trade-bead cluster.
Let it come down ...
Caliban: ... and teach me how to name the bigger light.