Bali myna

Leucopsar rothschildi

IUCN Red List status: Critically Endangered

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Critically Endangered


Where they live

Island of Bali in Indonesia


Woodlands, deciduous forest, tree savannas and on occasion within a coconut grove.


25 cm


70 - 115 g


7 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in captivity


Loss of habitats and poaching for the illegal bird trade

Did you know...

  • A male will court a female through a display which involves raising the crest on its head and bobbing it body which the beak is pointed at the sky. He then performs a series of trills, hisses and chirps with the chest expanded and ruffled plumage. The display is finished by spreading the tail like a fan.
  • A receptive female indicates her acceptance of the male by displaying and preening the male.
  • Once a pair mate they will bond for life. This is strengthened as time goes on through mutual preening and displaying.

More about Bali mynas...

Bali Myna’s have a coat of white feathers covering most of their body. The wing and tail tips have black feather’s. Around the eyes and the legs are bare patches of skin which are blue. Their bill is coloured yellow. Extending down the back of the head is a crest of white feathers.

The Bali myna is an omnivore. Much of this species diet consists of insects including ants, termites and grasshoppers. They will also eat small reptiles and fruits.

Most of their foraging is conducted in the trees. When they are sighted on the ground it is often during the chick rearing period.

It was discovered during 1912 .

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