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Bali Myna

McCormick Bird House

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  • These songbirds produce many different vocalizations and display their plumage when singing.
  • Bali mynas are monogamous and very protective of their territory.
  • The Bali myna population dropped to just six wild birds in 2001, largely due to the illegal wildlife trade, but conservation efforts have increased their number. They now live in a 60-square kilometer area in Bali Barat National Park.

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Scientific Name: Leucopsar rothschildi

Class: Birds

Diet: Insects (ants, termites, dragonflies, grasshoppers), seeds, fruit, worms, small reptiles

Range: The island of Bali, Indonesia

Endangered Status: Critically Endangered

More Information

Bali mynas are small songbirds, weighing just 3 ounces and measuring 10 inches long. They are almost pure white except for black tips on their wings and tail feathers and blue skin patches around the eyes. Their feet and bills are bluish gray; the beak has a dull yellow horn on the tip. Males have a lacy head crest that extends down the back of the head.

These birds live in dry, open lowlands and feed in the trees. They are social, with a breeding season from January to April. Pairs build nests together and have two to three eggs per clutch. Once hatched, the parents will feed their chicks for up to seven weeks. Their young will molt into adult plumage within a few months of leaving the nest.

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