The Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi) is a medium-sized critically endangered bird. It is also known as the Bali Mynah or the Rothschild’s Mynah.
The Bali Starling is mostly white with black tips on its wings and tail. It has featherless blue skin around its eyes. It has a long, drooping crest. It has grey legs and a grey beak with a yellow tip. Males and females look similar.
It measures up to 25 centimetres (10 inches) tall.
The Bali Starling is native to the island of Bali in Indonesia. It prefers lowland forests. It likes tree tops and it does not come to the ground very often – usually only to drink and to find materials for its nest.
It is a social bird, gathering in groups or flocks.
The Bali Starling eats fruit, seeds, worms, and insects.
It nests in holes in trees. Females lay 2-3 eggs. The female sits on the eggs until they hatch, and then both parents look after the chicks.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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