Bali Starling Thriving in Nusa Penida Sanctuary

Term: 1 Year: 2013

The Bali Starling is Bali’s provincial emblem. It is a white bird with a vivid blue mask. Unfortunately it is not always so easy to spot – not because it is elusive, but rather because it is critically endangered in its natural habitat.

Unfortunately on mainland Bali, the Bali Starling has been actively poached and also suffered a decline in numbers due to loss of habitat. Numbers have shrunk so much that conservation officials started to get truly worried about the likelihood of this species’ continued survival. Friends of the National Parks Foundations subsequently decided to breed and release 65 Bali Starlings on Nusa Penida, a small island situated just off the coast of Bali. They have taken the first steps to ensuring the bird’s survival in the wild. Since their release on the island in 2006, 45 of the 65 starlings have hatched offspring.

Traditional laws protecting the birds and animals of the island are still in place on Nusa Penida. The new batch of hatchlings may well help wild Bali Starling populations back from the brink of extinction.

Susan Clark
Visual Art Teacher
Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, Canterbury
Suitable for levels prep to 4