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  • English name
    Bali Starling
  • ClassificationPasseriformes Sturnidae
  • Scientific nameLeucopsar Rothschildi

Bali Starling
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The Bali Starling is very popular as a pet. One time, too many of the Bali Starling were captured and only six were left in the wild. Today, the number is increasing, little by little.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Body length: 25cm

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

Bali Starlings only live on the island of Bali in Indonesia.

What they eat

Bali Starlings eat insects like caterpillars and ants, and fruit.

What they are like

Bali Starlings live in tree holes. Sometimes they move into old woodpecker's nests.

Find out more about the Bali Starling!

The charm brings them bad luckā€¦
Bright white feathers and brilliant blue face. The Bali Starling is so beautiful that it catches people's eyes. But this charm brought it bad luck. People captured Bali Starlings one after another to sell them as pets. Bali Starlings can be found only in the island of Bali and the number was small from the beginning. Because of hunting and thinned forests, the Bali Starling is in danger of disappearing.

Sending Bali Starlings back to the wild!
A captive-breeding project started to raise the Bali Starling and release it to the wild. But in 2001, only 6 Bali Starlings were alive in the wild! Today, we have gained back dozens of them. But the number is still too small when you compare to the zoos; there are about a thousand Bali Starlings! It's very hard to send a human-raised wildlife back to the wild.

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