Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bali Mynah

The Bali Mynah, also recognized as the Bali Starling, has been near extinction in the wild.

Scientific name: Leucopsar rothschildi
Family: Sturnidae
Order: Passeriformes
Class: Aves

  • Its weight is from 85-100 grams.
  • Male Bali Mynah is 22.9 cm (9 inches) long and
  • Female is 21.8 cm (8.6 inches) long.
  • The Bali Mynah is of all white except for its black wingtips and blue skin patches around the eyes.
  • It has strong bill of bluish-gray in color and has a dull yellow horn on the tip.
  • Their legs are of bluish-gray.
  • It has brawny compact body with a round tail, and rigid feathers on forehead.
  • This is a perching bird and their feet are well suited to hold on erectly.
  • They have Fine grip which spontaneously tighten if they begin to fall backwards. The females are smaller and they are not as beautiful as like males.

  • This bird is very friendly.
  • If they are not propagating they usually flock together in groups of 30-60 birds. Once after they started to breed males will become aggressive.
  • Bali Mynahs are allo-preen and clean each other's feathers.
  • Usually use to eat insects and fruits. They might also may be fed low-iron bird food.
  • Breeding occurs during the rainy season from November to April.
  • They lay eggs between 2-4 blue-green eggs in tree cavities.
  • Nests consist of small twigs and grass.
  • Incubation period is for 13-16 days by both or just the female. While they are young, both parents use to feed them.
  • After 15-25 days the young start to fledge but they are still fed by their parents for a few more weeks after they start fledging.
  • The young shed their juvenile feathers and get their adult plumage just months after they leave the nest.

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