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Bali Mynah

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Bald Eagle

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Bald Eagle

  • Haliaeetus leucocephalus
  • Birds of Prey

About the Bali Mynah

Also known as: Bali Myna, Bali Starling, Rothschild's Grackle, Rothschild's Myna, Rothschild's Mynah, White Myna

The Bali Mynah, or Bali Starling, is a stocky, striking white perching bird. These beautiful birds are named for the island on which they live, Bali, in Indonesia. They are endemic to the island.

Bali Mynahs are critically endangered, due to factors including habitat destruction and the pet trade. The birds are now part of a captive-breeding program, with approximately 1000 birds kept for breeding in zoos and other facilities worldwide.

Bali Mynahs eat insects, seeds, and a variety of fruits. They are a gregarious species, congregating in flocks of 30-60 individuals outside of breeding season.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 22 July 2010
Scientific Name Leucopsar rothschildi
  • Passeriformes
  • Sturnidae
  • Leucopsar
  • L. rothschildi
Birdorable Family Starlings & Waxwings
Conservation Status Critically Endangered
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 15 July 2017)
Measurements
Units: Imperial Metric
8.6 to 9 inches
3 to 3.5 ounces
Range Southeast Asia

Conservation

From IUCN Red List:
The Bali Mynah is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2015 by BirdLife International. This stunning starling qualifies as Critically Endangered because it has an extremely small range and a tiny population which is still suffering from illegal poaching for the cagebird trade. Releases of captive-bred birds have boosted the population, but it is uncertain how many of these have yet bred successfully in the wild. In due course, if the population continues to grow and trapping pressures can be brought under control, the species may warrant downlisting.

International Names

  • majna Rothschildova (Czech)
  • Balistær (Danish)
  • Bali-spreeuw (Dutch)
  • balinkottarainen (Finnish)
  • Étourneau de Rothschild (French)
  • Balistar (German)
  • Maina di Rothschild (Italian)
  • カンムリシロムク (kammurishiromuku) (Japanese)
  • Balistær (Norwegian)
  • szpak balijski (Polish)
  • Балийский скворец (Russian)
  • Estornino de Bali (Spanish)

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For 18 days we're adding a new Birdorable bird every day as part of our Birdorable Bonanza 2010. Today's bird is the beautiful Bali Mynah! The Bali Mynah is a stocky perching ... more