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Jalak Bali (local name)
|Reproduction||Sexual; lay eggs|
|Average Length||25 cm|
Insectivore: Various insects
|Related Species||Other Mynas|
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
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.