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Bali Starling

The Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), also known as Bali myna and Jalak Bali is a bird that can be found only on the island of Bali. The Bali myna usually 25 cm tall.  It is a white bird, with conspicuous patch of blue skin around each eye.

The bird was originally discovered in 1910. Bali starling is featured on the Indonesian 200 rupiah coin.

Bali starling's diet includes fruit, seeds, worms and insects. During the breeding season (usually November to January), male birds attract females by calling loudly and bobbing up and down. The birds nest and female lays two or three eggs. This spiecies is Critically Endangered.

During past century many forsets in Bali has been cut down to make more room for rice fields. Because of that many birds had to move to other area, which lead to decrease in population. Another big problem for Bali starling was it's beauty. Many people wanted to have this bird at their homes and it became popular in the black market. There was only 350 birds left in the West Bali National Park in the 1980s and the government declared this bird an endangered species. But that only increased the price for this bird on the black market. In 2001, there were only about six Bali starlings left in the wild.

Right now there are few programs to save Bali starling. The biggest of them located on the island of Nusa Penida. Island for birds to breed because there are not so many people live there and nature is very similar to Bali. Even though island is located only in 14 km from Bali, birds can't fly back. Right now population of Bali straling are increasing, but only few speices live in the wild. While in Bali you can see this beautful birds in Bali Bird Park and Taman Safary and Marine park (both of them are participating in programs to save this species).

Author: Mikhail Pavlov
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