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.
Body length: 25cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Bali Starlings only live on the island of Bali in Indonesia.
Bali Starlings eat insects like caterpillars and ants, and fruit.
Bali Starlings live in tree holes. Sometimes they move into old woodpecker's nests.
The charm brings them bad luck…
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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