Bali myna in exhibit
Scientific Name
Leucopsar rothschildi
Geographic Range
The island of Bali, Indonesia
Insects (ants, termites, dragonflies, grasshoppers), seeds, fruit, worms, small reptiles
Bali myna in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Critically Endangered Endangered Status Graph - Critically Endangered

More Information

Bali mynas are small songbirds, weighing just 3 ounces and measuring 10 inches long. They are almost pure white except for black tips on their wings and tail feathers and blue skin patches around the eyes. Their feet and bills are bluish gray; the beak has a dull yellow horn on the tip. Males have a lacy head crest that extends down the back of the head.

These birds live in dry, open lowlands and feed in the trees. They are social, with a breeding season from January to April. Pairs build nests together and have two to three eggs per clutch. Once hatched, the parents will feed their chicks for up to seven weeks. Their young will molt into adult plumage within a few months of leaving the nest.

Did You Know?

  • These songbirds produce many different vocalizations and display their plumage when singing.
  • Bali mynas are monogamous and very protective of their territory.
  • The Bali myna population dropped to just six wild birds in 2001, largely due to the illegal wildlife trade, but conservation efforts have increased their number. They now live in a 60-square kilometer area in Bali Barat National Park.


Species Survival Plan logo

Species Survival Plan®

We cooperate with other members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to manage the zoo population of this species through a Species Survival Plan®.

Learn More

Animal Care staff working with seal

Commitment to Care

Lincoln Park Zoo prioritizes individual well-being over everything else. Guided by scientific research, staff and volunteers work to provide the best welfare outcomes for each individual in the zoo’s care.

Learn More

Support Your Zoo

Two Chilean flamingos in exhibit

Animals Depend On People Too

When you ADOPT an animal, you support world-class animal care by helping to provide specially formulated diets, new habitat elements, and regular veterinary checkups.

Adopt an Animal

Asian small-clawed otter in exhibit

Wish List

The Wish List is full of one-of-a-kind items for the zoo’s animals, including nutritious snacks and enrichment items to keep them active and healthy.

Browse the Wish List

African penguin eating a fish

Take Action With Us

Wildlife face many daunting challenges—some global, like planet-wide climate change, and some that affect individuals, like an animal ingesting plastic—but now is not the time to despair. None of these problems are too big for us to come together and solve.

Take Action

Empty Playlist