Bali starling Leucopsar rothschildi (EEP)
Life-span25 years in zoos
omnivorous (fruit, insects, grains)
monsoon forest and acacia savannahs
north-west Bali, Indonesia
Discovered in 1911, the Bali starling is endemic to the island for which it is named. This bird is highly endangered in its natural habitat. Indeed, the illegal trade in caged birds has caused a dramatic fall in numbers: in 1990, there were only 15 left in the wild.
Conservation measures together with reintroductions enabled by successful breeding projects in zoos have brought the number of birds in the Bali Barat National Park up to about 50. But sadly, continued hunting means that the population remains fragile.
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW