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Bali Mynah
Bali Myna 1
General Information
Universe Real Life
Aliases Bali mynah
Bali starling
Jalak Bali (local name)
Rothschild's mynah
Classification Leucopsar rothschildi
Species Type Myna
Homeworld Earth
Intelligence Non-Sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; lay eggs
Average Length 25 cm
Locomotion Powered flight
Feeding Behavior Omnivore
Prey Frugivore: Fruit
Granivore: Seeds
Insectivore: Various insects
Vermivore: Worms
Lineage Information
Related Species Other Mynas
Cultural Information
Alignment Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Aves
Subclass Neornithes
Infraclass Neognathae
Superorder Neoaves
Order Passeriformes
Suborder Passeri
Family Sturnidae
Genus Leucopsar
Species rothschildi
Other Information
Status Critically Endangered

The Bali myna (Leucopsar rothschildi), also known as Bali mynah, Bali starling, Rothschild's mynah, or locally known as Jalak Bali, is a medium-sized, stocky myna similar in appearance to the black-winged starling.


The Bali myna is a medium-large bird of 25 cm. It is almost wholly white with a long, drooping crest, black wing-tips and tail tip. It has a yellow bill with blue bare skin around the eyes and legs, the latter of which are grayish in color. Both sexes are similar.

The black-winged starling (Sturnus melanopterus), a similar species, has a shorter crest and a much larger area of black on wings and tail, plus a yellow eye-ring (without feathers) and legs.

Distribution and habitatEdit

The Bali myna is restricted to the island of Bali in Indonesia, where it is the island's only surviving endemic vertebrate species; An endemic subspecies, the Bali tiger, has been extinct since 1937.

Behavior and ecologyEdit

In its natural habitat it is inconspicuous, using tree tops for cover and–unlike other starlings–usually coming to the ground only to drink or to find nesting materials; this would seem to be an adaptation to its noticeability to predators when out in the open. The Bali myna often gathers in groups when it is young to better locate food and watch out for predators. The vocalizations are a variety of sharp chattering calls and an emphatic twittering.

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


During the breeding season (the rainy season of Bali), males attract females by calling loudly and bobbing up and down. The birds nest in tree cavities, with the female laying and incubating two or three eggs. Both males and females bring food to the nest for chicks after hatching.

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