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Nusa Penida: A sanctuary for the endangered Bali Starling

  • Trisha Sertori

    Contributor

Ubud   /   Thu, November 20 2008   /  10:43 am
Bali Starling breeder and veterinarian Bayu Wirayudha of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation has turned around the extinction of the bird species, with 45 juveniles born in the wild from released, captive-bred parents. (JP/J. B. Djwan)(JP/J. B. Djwan)

Bali Starling breeder and veterinarian Bayu Wirayudha of the Friends of the National Parks Foundation has turned around the extinction of the bird species, with 45 juveniles born in the wild from released, captive-bred parents. (JP/J. B. Djwan) On a small island off Bali's coast, Nusa Penida, a little white bird with a vivid blue mask is successfully breeding in the wild. Over the past six months, 45 of the 65 Bali Starlings bred and released by the Begawan Giri and Friends of the National Parks Foundations since 2006 have hatched offspring. While not native to Nusa Penida, the Bali Starling has been released on the island in an effort to ensure its survival in the wild. Back on Bali, where the Bali Starling is the province's emblem, the bird has become critically endangered through poaching and loss of habitat. Bali Starling breeder and veterinarian, ...