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Seeing Bali Myna, Leucopsar Rothschildi
BALI BARAT NATIONAL PARK, BALI, INDONESIA
5 July 1999
There are apparently only 6 birds remaining in the wild in the Park. These
are fairly easily but rather expensively available to all. We were approached by
guides within minutes of checking into our hotel in Gilimanuk. We arranged
permits and boats through our
We saw three Bali Starlings relatively easily and also recorded Beach Thick-knee and Great-billed Heron. Black-winged Starlings were hard to find and look set to become the next Bali Starling along with Java Sparrow (which we could not find at all). We eventually found Black-winged Starling by staking out some flowering trees that our guide knew about.
Dave Sargeant's report from 1999:
The set-up and visiting arrangements have changed a lot in the three years since my last visit. Previously it was difficult even to get permission to visit. Now, however, it seems you can simply bowl-up to the park headquarters and ask. Only two specific wardens are allowed to accompany guests, but if they are present, they are willing to take visitors - for a price. As with everything in Indonesia, bargaining is required. The asking price is something like Rp500,000 (about $80) per person. However I paid Rp600,000 for two people, and a friend of mine, visiting the previous week, paid Rp700,000 for two people.
Captive-bred birds are now being released into the small truly wild original population. I was told by the guide that there are currently about 15 wild, plus 15 released birds. Released birds are ringed before release. During one afternoon we saw about 9 birds. Of two seen well one was ringed, one not. The guide told us that there has been a successful breeding between a wild and a released bird last year The birds are much more easily found now than previously. A large pre-release cage has constructed at the release site (15 birds were inside it last week), and I think many of the birds stay in the general area after release. I am not sure if there is any help with supplemental feeding the birds after release. Although the birds we saw were in the general area of the release site, none of the birds were actually staying around the release site. They seem to disperse into the main valley behind it.