Saturday, January 5, 2013

Rather B Birdin: Bali Starling

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A Bali Starling or Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) at the Wilhelma in Stuttgart. It's one of the most endangered bird species worldwide, with less than 150 individuals remaining in the wild and only about 1000 indivuduals in captivity. Poaching for the exotic bird trade is the biggest threat for these beautiful birds, along with habitat desctruction (I seem to write those words in almost all of my animal posts...).

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They live only on Bali where rainforests and acacia savannahs make up most of their habitat. They live in flocks of up to fourty birds and feed on insects, but will also take fruit and seeds.

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They nest in old woodpecker holes or natural tree holes. A Bali starling can reach an age of fifteen years or more and they will start to breed when they are two years of age.

More birds at I'd Rather B Birdin

Sources:
Arkive.org
San diego Zoo
Wikipedia

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