Bali Starling - The Final Frontier
Bali Starling - The Final Frontier

Bali StarlingLeucopsar rothschildi


Range: The Bali Starling is endemic to the island of Bali in Indonesia nowadays but it could previously be found throughout the northwest third of the island. *endemic- only found in one geographic area
Bali Starling - The Final Frontier
Bali Starling - The Final Frontier


Number Remaining: As of today, there are only 14 Bali Starling's left in the wild and they all can be found in one wild life preserve on the island of Bali.

Reasons for Endangerment: Bali Starlings are critically endangered for a number of different reasons. Perhaps the predominant reason is that they were overhunted and captured as pets to be sold. Bali Starlings are very high in value on the black market because they are so rare. Another reason for their endangerment is habitat destruction by clearing of the monsoon forests in which they live. Finally, the third threat that they face is their competition with the black-winged starling for nesting sites and the black-winged starling species is rapidly spreading across the island.

Conservation: There have been many laws passed and actions taken in order to try to conserve the Bali Starling population. The species has been under the protection of the Indonesian law since the 1970's and the only remaining population remains in the highly protected Bali Barat National Park. In 1983, BirdLife International partnered with the Indonesian government and British zoos in an attempt to save the species. In this attempt, armed guards were used to protect the reserves and parks that the birds were kept in but the population continued to decline nontheless. Then, in 1999, an armed gang got into the reserve and stole the majority of the remaining population. The outlook for this species in the future is not bright.

Video:
http://www.arkive.org/bali-starling/leucopsar-rothschildi/video-00.html




Sources: Information- http://www.thewildones.org/Animals/balistar.html
http://www.arkive.org/bali-starling/leucopsar-rothschildi/#text=Range
http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/speciesfactsheet.php?id=6822


Pictures- http://www.arkive.org/bali-starling/leucopsar-rothschildi/#src=portletV3api
http://www.durrell.org/library/Image/Bali-Starling.jpg