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Bali Mynah Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Leucopsar rothschildi
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Passeriformes
  • Range

    Indonesia

  • Status

    Critically endangered. Bali mynahs are nearly extinct in the wild because poachers collect them for the illegal pet trade, where they are valued for their striking plumage and beautiful songs. Lincoln Park Zoo scientists and animal care experts help conserve Bali mynahs by playing key roles in the management of the population at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) institutions across North America in coordination with the Bali Mynah Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by AZA-accredited zoos. They also collaborate with an international team of conservation partners in Indonesia to support reintroduction efforts at sanctuaries and to combat the illegal trafficking of the species and other southeast Asian songbirds.

  • Habitat

    Open forests and savanna

  • Niche

    The Bali mynah's diet includes fruit, seeds, worms and insects.

  • Life History

    The Bali mynah often gathers in groups to better locate food and watch out for predators. During breeding season, males attract females by calling loudly and bobbing up and down. The birds nest in tree cavities, with the female laying and incubating two to three eggs. Both males and females bring food to the nests for chicks after hatching.

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