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Bali Myna

Bali Myna

Scientific name: Leucopsar rothschildi
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Sturnidae

Also called Bali Starling, Leucopsar rothschildi, Rothschild’s Mynah or Bali Mynah

The Bali Myna is distributed and endemic to the island of Bali in Indonesia, where it is the island's only surviving endemic species. It was designated the fauna symbol of Bali; its local name is kedis putih.

The Bali Starling is critically endangered, hovering immediately above extinction in the wild for several years now (BirdLife International 2006). The last stronghold of the species is at Bali Barat National Park; about 1,000 individuals are believed to be held in captivity legally. In fact, the Bali Myna is so much in danger that a national park has been set up just for its survival. The wild population was at an all-time low of just 6 birds in 2001, after the late-1990s wild population of 3-4 dozen was reduced by poachers for the illegal pet trade.

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Flo Hendry27-Jun-2012 08:17
Beautiful bird.