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Bali Mynah: Rare Beauties Of Bali
By: Adrian Adams
Bali Mynahs are a rare and beautiful bird found only on the Bali Island in Indonesia. There are as few as 60 wild Bali Mynahs that
inhabit the Bali Barat National Park in its northwestern corner. There they live amongst the open woodland and openly gather in the
In size, they are no bigger than a cardinal. However, their beauty is unique. They have exquisite white wings with black tips. Their
tails also bear the black tip marking. They have a bright blue color displayed around their eyes. Their heads are toppled with a white
lacy burst of feathers. They are a very vocal bird and often their chatter is accompanied with the bobbing of their heads. This is
especially noticeable in their mating season.
Their main diet is that of plants and other animals significantly insects, worms, caterpillars, ants, and other invertebrates. During
seasons where food is scarce they tend to travel in groups to help locate provisions.
The limited population of the Bali mynah is due to the threat of illegal pet trade. Up until 1990 there were at least 60 of the birds in
existence but because of the barren nature of their habitat and their habitual grouping technique, the numbers have decreased
below 10. Though they are protected by the government their capture remains a problem as they can be sold as pets for around a
thousand dollars. Many of them are lost to death due to the poor conditions of shipping them illegally.
Zoos have actually developed breeding programs to help repopulate the bird and its hopeful their efforts will succeed. Luckily due to
the involvement of these organizations, the numbers of illegal trade have been greatly reduced. These programs also initiate
educational awareness towards these and other extinct animals. In Indonesia the Bali Mynah i