As a bird-loving organisation, Begawan not only has the special passion for safeguarding Bali Starlings but also a track record that spans over two decades. Our main mission? Ensuring these beautiful birds thrive! But, let’s be real, breeding them is no walk in the park. Our adventure kicks off once these little guys hatch and enter the world as newborns.
Nurturing Newborn Bali Starlings
After hatching, newborn birds need to be cared for alongside their parents for 2-3 weeks before they are fitted with identification rings. Unfortunately, after interacting with humans during this process, the bird’s parents sometimes refuse to accept their offspring back, creating circumstances that require special action from our team of bird keepers and ornithologists. This is where the role of our conservation officers comes into play as they provide care for these newborns.
Challenges in Newborn Care
Newborns are vulnerable to diseases, therefore, special attention to their nutrition and food becomes crucial. At Begawan, we hand-rear the newborn birds to ensure they get all the nutrition and calories required for them to thrive. The diet for newborns differs from that of adults. For Bali Starling newborns, we give them mashed crickets, carrots and papaya, while Forsten’s Lorikeet newborns consume an exclusive diet of porridge and nectar. Hand-feeding is carried out for around one month until the Bali Starlings are almost fully covered in feathers and only then will they have enough strength to feed themselves.
During the nurturing process, temperature also becomes a critical factor. The temperature inside the special enclosure is maintained at a room temperature of between 20 to 30 degrees Celsius with the help of lamps and heating cloths. This ensures cleanliness and dryness in their habitat and we work to prevent threats from creatures such as ants and geckos.
Begawan is dedicated to preserving and increasing the population of endangered Bali Starlings, focusing on nurturing newborns and overcoming breeding challenges. These efforts aim to ensure for the species a role in the natural ecosystem.