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Bali mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi)

Bali mynah
Bali mynahBali mynah

Personal Information
There is one female Bali mynah at the Zoo. She was born in 2002 and came to the Zoo in 2007. She has a white body and blue face, and lives in the Aviary. A bit shy, she often stays in the trees.

Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. Due to habitat destruction of the forest, illegal bird trade, poaching and nest site competition with black-wing starlings, it is estimated that there are 24 Bali mynahs remaining in the wild as of a 2005 study. The Bali Bird National Park in Indonesia is one place where these beautiful birds are protected. In fact, armed guards patrol this bird sanctuary. Captive breeding programs and the Species Survival Plan at the Seneca Park Zoo are dedicated to giving the Bali mynah a chance to survive.

Bali mynahs live in low forested areas and scrub areas on the northern coast of Bali, an island in Indonesia.

Bali mynahs feed on fruit and small insects.

  • Adults preen each other to form an adult pair bond, a behavior called allopreening.
  • Males are 9 inches in length and females are 8.5 inches. The birds weigh between 85 and 100 grams each.
  • A Bali mynah clutch is usually 2 to 3 eggs.
  • Vocalization has high variation and complexity. Adult Bali mynahs can be seen making clucking sounds and bobbing. The call is known as chattersong.