Bird

Bali myna

Area: 
Bali (part of Indonesia)
Habitat: 
Open woodland, savannas, and forested valleys
Food: 
Insects, fruit, nectar
Size: 
Up to 10 inches long; weigh 2 to 4 ounces
Babies: 
Chicks hatch from eggs after only 14 days.
Like other mynas, these birds have the ability to mimic human speech and other sounds.
Island Beauty

 

 

These beautiful birds are from an island that is the size of the state of New Hampshire. They live in pairs or small family groups. When feeding, they often gather in larger groups—more eyes and ears to sense predators! To make a nest, a pair of Bali mynas finds a hole in a tree trunk. They line their nest with leaves, the stems of dried plants, and feathers. Then the female lays 2 to 4 bluish-green eggs. After the eggs hatch, the parents take turns carrying food back to the nest to feed the hungry chicks.

 

Because they are so beautiful, many people have wanted them for pets. So many have been captured for the pet trade that they are endangeredAnimals or plants that survive in such low numbers that they could become extinct in a few years unless something is done to help the populations increase.. There are fewer than 20 birds left in the wild—but about 1,000 in zoos. Conservationists tried releasing some into the wild to help build the populationThe number of a kind of animal that lives in a place. For example, San Francisco has a big seagull population; New York City has a population of several million people., but they seem to be taken, too. Perhaps when enough people listen to the story of the Bali myna and realize that having a wild birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly. for a pet is not a good idea, then efforts may again be made to release them into the wild.