Bali Starling (Bali Myna)
The Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi), also known as the Bali Myna, is a myna and a member of the starling family. This bird is common to the island of Bali in Indonesia. It is critically endangered, with a population in the wild of six in 2001. Roughly a thousand are believed to survive in captivity.
This is a beautiful, medium to large (25cm), stocky starling. It is almost completely white and has a long, drooping crest, black wing-tips and tail tip. The bird has blue bare skin around the eyes, and a yellow bill.
Its decline towards extinction has been caused by the urbanization of the island and by illegal trapping for the cage-bird trade.