Bali Starling

(Leucopsar rothschildi)




Facts about this animal

The Bali starling, or Rothschild's mynah, is a pure white strarling except for black tips on the primary and tail feathers. The facial skin around the eyes is naked and sky blue in colour. The crest feathers are 62-75 mm in males an 43-54 mm in females. The total length is 22.5-25.3 cm and they weight 94-116 g. The feet are dark grey, the bill is also grey but with a ivory tip.

Did you know?
that this bird's existence was first recorded in 1912 by the famous German ornithologist Prof. Dr. Erwin Stresemann during the 2nd Mollucas expedition. Because Sir Rothschild had sponsored this expedition the bird was named after him. The Bali Starling is endemic only to the island of Bali, it now ranks among one of the world's most endangered birds.


Class AVES
Suborder OSCINES
Name (Scientific) Leucopsar rothschildi
Name (English) Bali Starling
Name (French) √Čtourneau de Rothschild
Name (German) Rotschild-Mynah
Name (Spanish) Estornino de Rothschild
Local names Bahasa: Jalak bali
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Wong Kwok Wai



Range Bali
Habitat Monsoon forest and acacia savanna
Wild population Less than 115 individuals (mostly released birds, 2009) (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 709 reported to ISIS (837 are managed in the EEP, status 31.12.2004)

In the Zoo

Bali Starling


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 12 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Wong Kwok Wai

Why do zoos keep this animal

As the the only endemic vertebrate on Bali and the only member of the Genus Leucopsar Bali Starlings are very special birds. It is a flagship species for a whole region in Indonesia. Zoos use them as ambassadors for the region, breed them in the franework of regionally coordinated conservation breeding programmes and try to be linked with in-situ projects. Zoo bred birds have already been released to the wild.