The Bali starling is one of the rarest birds in the world and it's future in the wild is hanging in the balance.

This beautiful bird was only discovered 100 years ago, but since then it's sadly been hunted to near extinction in the wild.

In 2001 there were only six Bali starlings left in the wild but after remarkable conservation breeding efforts this number has slowly increases. However, despite conservationists best efforts the number is still worryingly low so the breeding and release projects are extremely important for the long-term survival of the species.

We provide skills, expertise and funding for an important breeding centre on the island and, alongside the Begawan Foundation we help with the breeding and release programme and monitoring of wild populations.

This starling is the national mascot of Bali but despite this they are suffering from being hunted for the illegal bird trade; where wealthy individuals display them as a status symbol.

It's such a shame that their beauty and song is one of the reasons why it is hunted so much. This bird is mainly white except for the tips of its wings and tail; they have a splash of blue around its eyes. It can be heard singing a number of songs, from loud whistles and chuckles to quiet chirps. They even have a flight call which they make when they take off.

You can watch these stunning birds in the Bali Starling Temple in Islands and make a note of the conservation work we're doing out in the wild.

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Interesting facts

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Where they live: Bali, South East Asia

Habitat: Savannah and gallery forest

Diet: A variety of food including fruit, berries, seeds and insects

Weight: 100 grams

Threats: Hunting for bird trade

Scientific name: Leucopsar rothschildi