Meet the Bali Starling!
The official and most iconic bird of Bali, the Bali Starling or Jalak Bali, is known for its majestic white plumage with jet black tail and wing-tips and bright blue skin around its eyes. It is critically endangered due to its extremely small range and population that is still suffering from illegal poaching for the cage-bird trade.
In 2001, only 6 individuals were left in the wild. However, thanks to a series of captive breeding programs, roughly 1,000 of Bali Starlings exist in captivity around the world.
Releases of captive-bred birds have improved the population but the amount of these breeding successfully in the wild remains uncertain.
We strive to boost the Bali Starling population and keep pressures under control. Help us save the Bali Starling!
Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi)
The Bali starling, is now the second rarest bird in the world and relatively new to science being first described in 1912 by Baron Rothschild, hence its specific name.
This emblem bird of Bali is on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species and is currently listed as critically-endangered.
Over the last century, the Bali Starling as been hunted to near extinction. As well as suffering from man’s interference with its habitat, it has been widely trapped as a cage bird.