The Bali starling is the national bird of Bali. However, it is now only found in the Bali Barat National Park where the birds have to be guarded by armed personnel. The Bali starling is one of the rarest birds in the world.
This stunning bird was only discovered in 1912 by Baron Rothschild (which is why it is sometimes referred to as the Rothschild’s mynah or the Bali mynah). However, over the last 100 years the Bali starling has been hunted to near extinction. As well as suffering from man’s interference with its habitat, it has also been widely trapped as a cage bird. In 2001 there were only six birds left in the wild but after conservation efforts this number has managed to increase but the population is still very low.