Four critically endangered Bali mynahs find new home in Jurong Bird Park

Bali mynahs can only be found in the Bali islands of Indonesia. Its declining numbers are due to unsustainable, illegal trapping for the pet trade and rapid habitat destruction. -- PHOTO: BJORN OLESEN
Bali mynahs can only be found in the Bali islands of Indonesia. Its declining numbers are due to unsustainable, illegal trapping for the pet trade and rapid habitat destruction. -- PHOTO: BJORN OLESEN

SINGAPORE - Four critically endangered Bali mynahs have found a new home in Jurong Bird Park.

The birds, whose numbers add up to fewer than 50 in the wild, were among the first to move into the new Wings of Asia aviary at Jurong Bird Park, which will open officially in late January next year, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore said on Thursday in a statement.

Unlike Singapore's plain local mynah, the Bali mynah has a white body, blue-framed eyes, clear white feathers, black-tipped wings and tail feathers. It can only be found in the Bali islands of Indonesia.

Its declining numbers are due to unsustainable, illegal trapping for the pet trade and rapid habitat destruction.

To conserve the species, Jurong Bird Park has been working with the Bali-based conservation group Begawan Foundation on a breeding and exchange programme to boost the population and enhance the gene pool of Bali mynahs raised under human care.

In the next few weeks, more than 300 feathered residents will be moved into their new home at the Jurong Bird Park.