The Bali Starling is well-known for its beauty as well as the very real threat of extinction. It has bright white feathers with black tips on the wing and tail feathers, as well as a long drooping crest. Its most amazing feature is the beautiful bare blue skin that surrounds its eyes. The birds’ beauty and gentle, trusting nature have worked against them, making them prized catches for poachers.
Begawan Breeding and Release Centre provides a unique outdoor activity to meet the critically endangered Bali Starling. Guests can learn about the history of the project, observe the different enclosures – quarantine enclosures cater for sick or new birds, socialisation enclosures are where the birds can select their partners, private breeding enclosures each house one pair.
On 28 March 2022, 19 students and 3 teachers from SMA Al-Falah Jakarta visited Begawan Breeding and Release Centre. They learned about the Bali Starling’s breeding cycle, the preparation for nest making, the role of the parents feeding their young, and the fledging of young chicks. They were involved in the preparation of bird food with our Bird Keeper while keeping an eye on the site’s free-flying pair of Starlings, who regard the Breeding Centre as their own personal home.
Students also received explanations from Begawan’s Team and Veterinarian on the importance of breeding and release programs for this endemic bird of Bali. They were very enthusiastic to take part in the morning’s activities. One student asked about bird release procedure and many were curious about the characteristics of the Bali Starling. (Nitya Swastika)
Book an experience to learn about Begawan’s community-based conservation project and meet this critically endangered Bali Starling by visiting our website at begawan.life/conservation.