Bali Myna at Lowry Park and Palm Beach Zoos

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) by Lee

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) at Lowry Park Zoo by Lee

Yesterday, we went over to the Lowry Park Zoo for a little while and were able to record several interesting birds and the Singing Dogs from Australia. I was especially pleased to hear the Bali Myna making a neat little call or song. Here is a video of it that I put together. This is another bird from the Lord’s Creative Hand.

God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it. (Genesis 1:21 AMP)

These photos were taken at Palm Beach Zoo last month.

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi Palm Beach Zoo by Lee

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi Palm Beach Zoo by Lee

He was displaying and this is another view of him.

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi Palm Beach Zoo by Lee

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi Palm Beach Zoo by Lee

Here is a video of the Bali Myna at Palm Beach displaying:

The Bali Myna is a highly endangered species and many of the zoos are trying to preserve them through there breeding programs.

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) Sign at LPZ

Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) Sign at LPZ

This bird is a member of the Sturnidae – Starlings Family. The Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi), also known as Rothschild’s Mynah, Bali Starling, or Bali Mynah, locally known as Jalak Bali, is a medium-sized (up to 25 cm long), stocky myna, almost wholly white with a long, drooping crest, and black tips on the wings and tail. The bird has blue bare skin around the eyes, greyish legs and a yellow bill. Both sexes are similar.

The Bali Myna is restricted to the island of Bali in Indonesia, where it is the island’s only endemic vertebrate species. (An endemic subspecies, the Bali Tiger, has been extinct since 1937.) The bird was discovered in 1910, and in 1991 was designated the fauna symbol of Bali. Featured on the Indonesian 200 rupiah coin, its local name is “Jalak Bali”.

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 mynah 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 twat.

The Bali Myna’s diet includes fruit, seeds, worms and insects.

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

Oh, I almost forgot to show you the Singing Dogs from Lowry Park Zoo. They were doing their thing causing all the others to make noise also. They are from New Guinea and music is playing in the background.

See:

Sturnidae – Starlings Family

Bali Myna – Wikipedia

Bali Myna – San Diego Zoo

The Bali Myna

Lowry Park Zoo

Palm Beach Zoo

New Guinea Singing Dog – Wikipedia

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3 thoughts on “Bali Myna at Lowry Park and Palm Beach Zoos

  1. What extraordinary videos, Lee! You do such great work. I have never heard the singing dogs before. And they are cute too. But it was the birds that really captured my attention. They are so very beautiful. Isn’t God just beyond comprehension with His creativity?

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