Bali Starling Updates

July 28, 2021


As we all know keeping pet birds is a long-established Indonesian hobby, just like owning cats and dogs in the west. For a long time we have looked at the trapping of birds being a major cause of the depletion of numbers in bird species. A further cause is apparently the use of pesticides on agricultural land, as from 1979-1998, Indonesia’s pesticide use increased ten-fold, depleting the number of insects in the topsoil. Our Bali Starlings out in the wild forage for their own food, eating both fruit and insects. Our pairs of wild birds have been able to find their own food sources, and luckily for us, small geckos, worms, and insects have been readily available in the area of Melinggih Kelod where our pairs have nested. Our videographer, Udit, and bird keeper, Kadek, have also noted and sighted 40 bird species in the area – and are out each weekend to find more. The village of Melinggih Kelod can be a bird watcher’s dream!

July 23, 2021


This is a photo of a chick from one of the breeders who collaborates with Begawan Foundation, I Komang Sukayasa, who also serves as secretary of Madhuswara Breeders Association. The pair of birds at his compound is one of the most productive. Successfully surviving, this chick was originally born along with two of its siblings who died last month. Thank you for taking care of the Bali Starlings!

July 21, 2021


Begawan Foundation staff, guided by drh I. Made Sugiarta, participated in bird watching training. In this training on July 3, 2021, drh. Sugiarta delivered material on bird watching and its functions, the equipment and tools that must be prepared, various bird watching methods, and the steps that must be considered when bird watching. The training does not stop here, as, drh. Sugiarta will also provide more guidance to foundation staff on bird watching.

July 19, 2021


Based on the results of a survey of Universitas Udayana students and University of Hong Kong students in 2019 who conducted research in Melinggih Kelod Village, Payangan, Gianyar, where Begawan Foundation is located, there are 65 species of free flying birds in the wild. In 2021, our photographer Udit and our bird keeper Kadek are again recording the diversity of bird species in Melinggih Kelod Village. To date, 35 bird species have been sighted, and their data collection is still ongoing. Here are photos of their findings!

July 16, 2021


We have successfully paired the female bird released on April 5 with a new male bird. They now stay in one of the rice fields owned by our breeder, Pak Leo, in Banjar Bayad and we are still monitoring them regularly. Apart from monitoring the bird activity, our foundation staff also occasionally checks nest boxes with cable cameras. On July 1, this pair was observed to have laid 3 eggs. Hopefully the Bali Starlings we release will be more productive in the wild than in captivity!

July  14, 2021

Since June 22, from immediately after the release until now, Begawan Foundation staff routinely monitor the released Bali Starlings. They have been observed still safe around the compound of Bapak I Nyoman Sukadana and in the surrounding areas. Apart from monitoring by our staff, local residents also regularly report on the progress of the released pair, including Bapak I Nyoman Sukadana himself who contacts the foundation staff about the activities of the pair in his own compound.

July  12, 2021

On June 22 we released another pair of Bali Starlings at a local compound in Banjar Begawan. Three months ago, we moved the pairs enclosure to the compound, so that the birds could become familiar with that environment. This release was undertaken by our veterinarian, drh. I Made Sugiarta, and several staff of the foundation. Bapak I Nyoman Sukadana as the compound owner and Bapak I Wayan Susana as Madhusuara Breeders Association head also attended. This second release of Bali Starling this year has opened up our hopes for more free flying Bali Starlings in the wild.

July  9, 2021

We are very happy to see the Bali Starling population continue to grow. Last week we saw three chicks growing up in the Breeding Centre. On June 15, the wild Bali Starlings in our breeding centre again laid eggs. On June 17, one of our Bali Starling pairs in the captive breeding enclosures also laid eggs. We cannot wait to see them all hatch and fledge.

July  7, 2021

This male Bali Starling, which becomes a member of the pair that we re-released on June 11, shows his excitement and attracts the female's attention by nodding his head up and down while proudly raising his crest. This bird is the fourth male selected to be a new partner, and he finally succeeded in pairing with the female bird who lost her partner in the wild in April.

July  5, 2021

After being released back into the wild on 11 June, our staff still regularly monitors the Bali Starling pair in Banjar Bayad to ensure they are settled safely and comfortably. They are still together, and have been observed entering the nest box together. We wish them a prosperous and productive life in the place of their choice in the wild.

July  1, 2021

On May 18 we brought the released female Bali Starling and her chick back to our Breeding Centre, as she had lost her original partner while out in the wild. She has finally selected her new mate, the fourth male Bali Starling that we offered to her. Before we re-released them at Pak Leo's field in Banjar Bayad where they previously settled after being released, we microchipped this pair of birds, so that they are registered as Begawan Foundation’s birds. On June 11, with guidance from our vet, drh. Sugiarta, we re-released the pair in the field. Our staff members have been monitoring them to ensure they are safely settled.

June 29, 2021

To maintain the health and environment of our birds, every month our veterinarian, Sugiarta, and bird keeper, Kadek, carry out an inspection of all birds in our Breeding Centre and breeders compounds, taking care to observe animal welfare principles, which include nutrition, environment and safety, physical and mental health, as well as natural behavior.

June 15, 2021

We're already in the middle of 2021, and we have great news to share. Until the third week of June 2021, the total number of Bali Starlings hatched is 20 birds: six birds in our Breeding Center, four birds from the breeders, and ten birds from our released birds. In addition, our Forsten's Lorikeet also had one chick. Here is a photo of three chicks from one of the pairs at our Breeding Center. Our bird keeper takes good care of them to avoid rejection from the bird’s parents who are still learning how to take care of their chicks.This involves ensuring a selection of foods available and preparation of insects.

June 10, 2021

On Friday, 28 May 2021, our veterinarian, I Made Sugiarta, and our bird keeper, Kadek, microchipped the second pair of Bali Starlings at Pak Dogi’s house in Melinggih Kelod. They were microchipped to be registered as Begawan Foundation birds. If a bird is lost and someone else found it, the microchip can be scanned using a scanner and the code registered in the Begawan Foundation database will appear. 

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June 8, 2021

Stay tuned for our next community-based Bali Starling release. We will release more pairs after our veterinarian, I Made Sugiarta, evaluates the pairs and ensures that they are ready to be released. The release was postponed beforehand because the pairs were actively creating a nest, however they haven’t laid any eggs. Hopefully they will be able to breed in the wild. 

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May 31, 2021


Udit has been our photographer for the past two months, taking pictures of the wild Bali Starlings and other wild birds in the area, as well as teaching the Eco-Warriors. On 19 May 2021, he taught a photography class to our Eco-Warriors, who learned about the basics of photography and were able to practice their skills right away - the last two photos were taken by our Eco-Warriors. 

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May 25, 2021

Our veterinarian, I Made Sugiarta, continues to observe the female wild Bali Starling and the chick after they have been returned to the Breeding Centre. He has introduced a couple of male Bali Starlings to see if the female is interested in either of them. The young chick has already grown its feathers and is in a healthy condition. 

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May 20, 2021

Here at Begawan Foundation, we always try our best to be transparent to our supporters and followers. Around a week ago, unfortunately we lost the male wild Bali Starling that we released in early April. Our team is still looking into this, and continue to ensure the safety of other wild Bali Starlings in the area. The female wild Bali Starling has continued to feed and take care of the Bali Starling chick on her own - a great single mother!

We are working on finding the best solution to keep the female wild Bali Starling and the wild chick safe. We have brought them home to our Breeding Centre temporarily. We hope that the female Bali Starling can find a new partner, and we will release them together.

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May 20, 2021

After laying two eggs on 23 April 2021, the wild Bali Starling pair in our Breeding Centre welcomed two healthy Bali Starling chicks on 5 May 2021. The chicks are now already growing feathers and wings. Keep getting updates from our conservation program via

May 12, 2021

The pair of Bali Starlings that we released in early April have laid one egg that hatched on 5 May 2021. We are happy to see the Bali Starling chick healthy and hope to see it fledge soon. Support our conservation efforts via

May 7, 2021

Bali Starlings become difficult to spot once perching on a tree branch. Can you spot the Bali Starling in these two images? Let us know in the comment section!

May 5, 2021

We just want to share with you images of a wild Bali Starling enjoying the pool of a villa in Melinggih Kelod. We love sharing spaces with wild Bali Starlings and hope we get to see them around more! Learn more about our conservation program via

May 5, 2021


The free flying Bali Starlings at our Breeding and Release Centre laid another two eggs on 23 April 2021. We look forward to seeing them hatch and the young chicks fledge. Support our conservation program via

May 3, 2021


Last week, our Begawan Foundation team met with Pak Rana, Banjar Peneca resident who owns one of the rice fields in the area. Our team was surveying for a location to create flocks of Bali Starlings in Melinggih Kelod.

Bali Starlings are very territorial, so the chicks that were born in the wild cannot stay with their parents. Now that the wild Bali Starlings are growing, those birds without a partner need to have a place in the wild that they can also call home. We are happy to have the support of Pak Rana. Our flock will be created after releasing the next two pairs from local community compounds.

May 1, 2021


The pair of Bali Starlings that we released earlier this month have laid an egg inside the nest box. We are happy to see the wild Bali Starling family continue to grow. We are releasing another pair very soon. Stay tuned for more updates!

The head of the Madhusuara Breeders Association, Wayan Susana, asked for "Tirtha Wewalungan", holy water intended for animals that are still in captivity to live their lives side by side with the universe. Tirtha Wewalungan can only be obtained when the “Pujawali Aci Keburan” is held at Pura Hyang Api, an ancient Temple in the Kelusa Traditional Village, which is considered to have existed since the 8th century AD. This ceremony is held every Tumpek Kuningan (every 210 Days).

April 19, 2021


Want more updates about the Bali Starlings? Together with the local breeders, Begawan Foundation is working hard to ensure the wild Bali Starlings’ health and safety. We are still providing the Bali Starlings with food at Pak Leo’s house (one of the Madhusuara Breeders Association members), because we want them to stay in Melinggih Kelod. The long-term plan is eventually to create a safe place for our free flying birds in Melinggih Kelod village. Support our community-based conservation program via

April 16, 2021


Updates from our monitoring of the recently released Bali Starlings! We're happy to see the beautiful wild Bali Starlings making Melinggih Kelod their home. They've been bringing branches to the nest box and eating the food we’ve prepared at Pak Leo's house (one of the Madhusuara Breeders Association members). Support our community-based conservation program via link below.

April 5, 2021


The wild Bali Starlings were seen using the nest box installed for them as their new home. On Saturday, the wild Bali Starlings, released on Monday, 5 April 2021, were seen at the farm of a local breeder in Melinggih Kelod enjoying the food left out for them. We’re happy to see them around the area and look forward to seeing them grow their family here. Follow us for more updates on the Bali Starlings.

April 5, 2021


SPOTTED! The pair of Bali Starlings that we released earlier this week flew to Banjar Bayad (still in Melinggih Kelod) the next day until today. The pair flew to the farm of one of our local breeders, Pak Leo, and were eating his papaya and orange. The Begawan Foundation team, Kadek and Arie, installed a nest box on Tuesday. There were also another pair spotted on a rice field near Alila. What a beautiful view to see these Bali Starlings flying freely in Melinggih Kelod.

After our release on Monday, 5 April 2021, our conservation program team, our veterinarian drh. I Made Sugiarta, and the Madhusuara Breeders Association, will continue to monitor the wild Bali Starlings to ensure their safety and health. With the community-based conservation program, we hope to build ecotourism in Melinggih Kelod that will allow tourists to visit the village and see these iconic birds flying freely in the wild again.

April 5, 2021


On 5 April 2021, Begawan Foundation released a pair of Bali Starlings from I Wayan Murdana’s house, one of the local residence of Melinggih Kelod, Bali. This is the first time Begawan Foundation release the Bali Starlings from the local community’s compound. Begawan Foundation has been collaborating with the local breeders association in Melinggih Kelod, the Madhusuara Breeders Association, for the community-based release.

The aim of the community-based conservation program is for offspring to be released within two years and in subsequent years. With serious monitoring and local law enforcement, it is envisaged that these offspring will reproduce in the wild, creating a wild flock of Bali Starlings protected by the community, and a program of ecotourism in Melinggih Kelod village to provide income for the community.

Begawan Foundation and Madhusuara Breeders Association are going to observe the first pair released yesterday at the local community’s compound to ensure their safety in the wild.

March 30, 2021

The wild Bali Starling chicks are growing. The three Bali Starling chicks that hatched around a week ago are still growing healthily. We hope to see them flying freely soon! To learn more about our conservation program, please head to We are also releasing some of the Bali Starlings soon, so keep following our page for more updates.

March 23, 2021

Happy updates from our Bali Starling conservation program. The three wild Bali Starling eggs all hatched into three beautiful Bali Starling chicks. We can’t wait to see them grow and fly freely in the wild. Another update! Our veterinarian, drh. I Made Sugiarta, did a routine health check for the Bali Starlings that we will release soon. He discussed the findings with the local breeders from the Madhusuara Breeders Association. Learn more about our conservation program via link below.

March 19, 2021


On 10 March 2021, we had a meeting with the Madhusuara Breeders Association and our new veterinarian, drh. I Made Sugiarta. In this meeting, we discussed the breeding and release plan for the Bali Starlings, had a knowledge sharing session with the veterinarian, and planned the 2021 agenda for the community-based conservation program. Drh. I Made Sugiarta was involved in the Bali Starling breeding and release at Nusa Penida from 2004-2008, as well as in educating the local community in Nusa Penida about the Bali Starlings. We are extremely thankful to have him joining our team and be a part of our community-based conservation program. Support our conservation program via

March 16, 2021


After seeing two wild Bali Starlings flying out of their nest box, we are happy to see that our wild Bali Starling population continues to grow! On 7 March 2021, our wild Bali Starling pair laid two eggs, followed by one more egg on 8 March 2021. It will be interesting to see if all hatch and fledge. We are releasing more Bali Starlings soon, in collaboration with Madhusuara Breeders Association. For more information and to support our activities, head to the link below.

March 9, 2021


Updates on our bird release. In collaboration with Madhusuara Breeders Association, we'll be releasing some of our Bali Starlings soon. Our veterinarian continuously checks the health of the birds and has taken avian influenza sample as part of the requirements of the release. We have also installed nest boxes at the local community's houses, Pak Edy and Pak Dogy, where some of the birds will be released. We have also received a video of multiple wild birds feeding taken at the local community's house. Are you excited for this release? Find out more information on our website

February 23, 2021


Our two wild Bali Starling chicks that hatched on 3-4 February 2021 have grown their feathers and wings, and have opened their eyes in the past week, as observed on our CCTV. Soon, they will be ready to fly! Learn more about our conservation program via

February 19, 2021


We are supporting the Madhusuara Breeders Association, a local community of bird breeders in Melinggih Kelod, as they plan to release 6 Bali Starlings. The soon-to-be-released Bali Starlings were moved from our Breeding and Release Centre to selected compounds in Melinggih Kelod last weekend. The pairs will stay in the local community's houses for a month to adjust to their new environment. The local community has noticed that wild Bali Starlings have already come to visit these birds in their new location. With our community-based conservation program, the local community can be in charge of the conservation of the endangered Bali Starlings and assist in their protection. Learn how to support the conservation program and help keep these birds safe and healthy via

February 9, 2021


Two out of the four wild Bali Starlings' eggs that were laid from 19-22 January have hatched. One egg from our wild Bali Starlings hatched on 3 February, and another one the next morning on 4 February, with the chicks observed on CCTV. Learn more about our conservation program via

January 27, 2021


Last Tuesday, after a series of unfortunate events with our Bali starling chicks since last year, Ron Lilley visited our Breeding and Release Center to inspect the threatened nest box that seems to invite snakes when our chicks are almost ready to fledge. Thank you so much for the kind assistance, Ron Lilley!

January 19, 2021


On January 19, our wild Bali Starling pair laid one egg, followed by two more eggs on January 21, and one more on January 22. This will be interesting to see if all hatch and fledge.

January 20, 2021
Begawan Foundation team together with a representative from the Madhusuara Breeders Association, Wayan Susana, and our Bird Keeper, Kadek Sanjaya, visited Kicau Bali Tabanan, a breeding site in Dauh Peken, Tabanan to learn and share knowledge about the breeding and release of Bali starlings. Thank you, Pak Ketut Gede Jiwa and Kicau Bali Tabanan!

Jan 9, 2021


Our two wild Bali starlings chicks were observed standing and ready to fly. Unfortunately, one night on 9 Jan 2021 at 11pm, once again a snake ate one. We still need to find a solution for this, since the same unfortunate event happened just last month.

December 23, 2020


Two eggs from our wild Bali starlings hatched on December 23, 2020, with the chicks observed on CCTV.



December 17, 2020


Based on CCTV footage, on December 17, 2020 at around 11 am, the Bali Starling parents hatched two eggs. The eggs rolled to the side so they cannot be monitored by CCTV. On December 24, 2020, one egg was observed to have broken, and only broken eggshell visible on CCTV, while one other egg still cannot be monitored.<img%20src="https:/"%20alt="Begawan-Foundation-07-20201223111034970"%20border="0">" alt="" />

9 December 2020

A sigh of relief, the pair of Bali Starlings couldn’t wait to be back home. We hope we have solved the problem – it’s not as easy an access for a snake, and our pair are settled and once again getting ready to breed.

8 December 2020

Time to take a different path and move the nest box.
A tall pole, which once housed a hornbill nest box, with a space on top for the Bali Starling nest box to be placed and then the wait to see if the pair agree with this move.

7 December 2020

We are losing young chicks, big enough to be a tasty morsel, and as yet unable to fly. Snakes slither into the nest box at night, and the unfortunate events are captured on our cctv. The parents are able to escape, and have to leave their young behind. In September we lost one chick, with the other left behind by itself in the nest box. We cleared away branches, placed a metal deterrent above the nest box and hoped that the parents would breed again.
Again in November, on two separate nights, the first on 26th and the second on 29th, we have lost another two chicks.

3 December 2020

Here are the parents feeding their new chicks.
While still in the nest, the chicks depend completely on their parents for food.
The male and female take turns to feed their chicks and also keep the chicks warm in the nest.

23 November 2020


Two newborn wild chicks in November! From our cctv camera, the first chick was hatched on November 15th and the second on 16th November 2020. We will continue to monitor the growth of these chicks and hope to see them fly in the near future.

13 November 2020


Bali Starlings can be aggresive and teritorial during breeding season. They bob their heads and became extra loud in their calls during courting. Usually, their mating season is during the rainy season.
Hopefully in the upcoming rainy season, many Bali Starling pairs can successfully breed!

4 November 2020


The blue area of the skin around the eyes is one of the well known characteristics of the Bali Starling. Check out these close-up photos of the Bali Starling taken by our conservation staff.

23 October 2020


The Bali Starling likes to perch on the Frangipani Tree!

You can easily find Frangipani trees throughout Bali, including around our Breeding and Release Center. Even though the Frangipani tree doesn’t provide fruit that can be food for the Bali Starling, the Bali Starling can find insects on its branches.

We hope they enjoy their meals.

28 September 2020

Thank you Bayu Suta Pratama, Mahasaraswati University of Denpasar, student from Banjar Begawan, who sent us pictures of released Bali Starlings that he saw in front of his own house. What a marvellous image to see just at your door step, Bayu!

14 September 2020

Throwback! See this amazing set of pictures of a released Bali Starling perching on top of a statute near our Breeding and Release Centre, taken by our 2018 volunteer Martin Kusy. Very tranquil!

7 September 2020

Captured in this photo are two Bali Starling chicks born in the wild, a picture taken back in April 2020. One bird seems to be seeing something, is it an enticing food item?

31 August 2020

Thank you Pak I Wayan Murdana, head (Kelian) of Banjar Begawan, for sending us pictures of released Bali Starlings around his village. Great to see them flying freely around with protection from the local community!

24 August 2020

Having recently sexed all the single Bali Starlings, we have now colour tagged the F1 chicks and other unpaired birds in our socialization enclosures. It will be easier to determine the identity of the birds during observation. We hope we can see some pairing soon!

3 August 2020

Caught! One released Bali Starling prepares to fly, while another looks on. Hope you had a good flight!


Check out this interesting picture of the released Bali Starlings in our Breeding and Release Centre. The pair is standing on top of an enclosure, and it looks like they are staring at the CCTV next to them. Maybe they were wondering what it is for. Great shot!

22 June 2020

One wild Bali Starling chick was seen perching near the breeding and release centre. Blends in nicely with the trees in the background!

19 June 2020

Two Bali Starlings were seen standing on the electricity cables near our Breeding and Release Centre. Be careful, birdies!

15 June 2020

The male parent and two of the chicks born in the wild were recently captured in this photo, perched on a lotus pond, looking out in the same direction. We wonder what they were seeing!

29 May 2020

Our conservation staff member, Wiwin, recently took this picture and we can clearly see the parent Bali Starling bringing in new nest material into the nestbox. They might be nesting again! Stay tuned for updates.

11 May 2020

Check out this shot of a newly fledged Bali Starling chick, taken by our conservation staff Wiwin. He said it’s a bit hard to take pictures of the chicks, because they usually hide deep inside the trees and also flee very quickly. Not a bad shot, Wiwin!

7 May 2020

We recently received pictures of the released pair of Bali Starlings from Begawan local teenager, Lia Apriliyani. She just happened to come upon the birds standing on the tops of the walls of her house and found them very beautiful, and so sent the pictures of the pair to us through Instagram. Thank you for sharing your pictures, Lia!

30 April 2020

It is very unfortunate that we have to announce that one wild Bali Starling chick who recently fledged from the nestbox was eaten by a snake. The chicks still like to return to the nestbox, and sadly we found a snake inside with a distended body. Upon dissecting the snake, we found one unringed juvenile bird inside. Our team has now reinstalled the nestbox, changed its position, and also cut nearby branches to reduce the chance of animals being able to enter.

27 April 2020

Check out this amazing picture taken by our conservation staff member, Wiwin, where we can see the parent still feeding the wild Bali Starling chick with papaya. That’s a big mouthful of papaya!

21 April 2020

One of the three wild Bali Starling chicks fledged on Friday at 15.20 in the afternoon! We can see clearly that the chick is still closely guarded by the parents! Hopefully it will grow into a healthy and a happy Bali Starling. Two siblings will be following this one.

20 April 2020

Peek-a-boo! We can see one wild Bali Starling chick peeking from the entrance of the nestbox, then joined by one of his siblings when a parent arrived. Fledging anytime now!

6 April 2020

We have received another series of pictures of released Bali Starlings visiting a local resident in Begawan village. Thank you Robby Astina for sharing these great pictures! And thank you for supporting our conservation efforts!

30 March 2020

Our released Bali Starling have yet again visited Suardana Nyoman, COMO Shambhala Estate’s security, during his duty, and of course he took a few snaps! Great pictures!

5 March 2020

Good news from Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod! A pair of Bali Starlings, fostered by I Made Subur, recently produced a chick which was ringed on Friday, February 28th 2020. Hopefully this Bali Starling chick will be a healthy and happy bird!

30 January 2020

Check out these amazing Bali Starling pictures taken by one of our recent visitors, Gary Pillans (Gary Pillans Photography) from the UK. Gary is an avid bird-watcher and was visiting Bali on his year-end holidays. Thank you for your support and for visiting, and most definitely the great pictures of the released Bali Starlings around our breeding and release centre.

21 January 2020

The three newly fledged chicks were seen eating together! How cute! They look healthy and happy. Our thanks to the pair which successfully hatched and fed three chicks!

15 January 2020

Our conservation staff member, Wiwin, recently watched a Bali Starling in the socialization enclosure eating a flying white ant (termite). It’s the start of the rainy season and these ants can be found flying around everywhere. Hopefully they are delicious and the birds eat a lot more of them!

We have marvellous end-of-the-year news to share to you all! We have seen two Bali Starling chicks fledge from the nest box, and yes, they were born in the wild. As you may have followed our story, the 2 chicks are indeed from the parents who are often seen bringing food into the nestbox. Great seeing the family of 4 up close. They appear to be very healthy chicks, well fed by their parents!

25 November 2019

We would like to share with you all great pictures sent by COMO Shambhala’s security Nyoman Suardana in August. He spotted three Bali Starlings hanging around and perching on top of a house roof. Great pictures, Pak Nyoman, thank you!

13 November 2019

Great news as we saw a released Starling gathering nest materials from around our breeding and release centre! This means that they are entering breeding season. We will keep you updated on any progress!

11 October 2019

Thank you for your hard work and contribution, Universitas Udayana students and Banjar Begawan youth! Last Saturday and Sunday (28 – 29 September, 2019), we conducted a group bird monitoring with 9 Biology students from Udayana University and 4 young members of Banjar Begawan. They were divided into 6 groups, at 6 different monitoring sites across Melinggih Kelod and Melinggih villages. We are glad to announce that there were two sightings of the Bali Starlings, with one sighting near the breeding centre, and the other sighting located in Payangan Desa area. Thank you for all the hard work and effort put into the bird monitoring activity!

10 October 2019

We attended the monthly meeting for the Madhusuara Breeders Association on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. All breeders informed our staff that their birds are all healthy, and they are adding kroto (ant eggs) to the diet to increase productivity. We are also looking to conduct a DNA sexing for the breeders’ stock so that we are able to pair them soon.

12 September 2019

Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod’s Secretary, I Nyoman Sukayasa, has volunteered to take care of another pair of Bali Starlings in his compound amidst his busy working schedule! Thank you so much for your dedication and efforts, Pak Nyoman! We hope they can breed successfully in your hands.

3 September 2019

We were happy to host the Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod’s visit to our breeding and release centre on Thursday (August 22, 2019). The breeders, along with a representative from the Melinggih Kelod Village office, observed how we prepare our bird food in the centre. They also got to see their Bali Starling chicks that have been born since the start of the foster program. It was a fruitful visit and we await your next visit!

2 September 2019

A new chick from one of our breeding pairs in the breeding and release centre! We are closely monitoring the chick and hopefully it grows up to become a healthy Bali Starling!

29 August 2019

We have received another round of released Bali Starling pictures from Pak Suardana Nyoman, who is currently working as security at COMO Shambhala Estate. He also provided information that local residents in Carangsari village, where he is from, have seen one of our released Starling. Thank you for the information, Pak Nyoman, and for the tip!

28 August 2019

Our staff recently went to Carangsari village and met with the Village Head, I Nyoman Artawa, and informed him about the Foundation as well as the releases for the Bali Starlings. We also presented him our “How to assist in bird monitoring” poster. In case the birds fly across the river to Carangsari, the local residents will be able to report sightings directly to us!

22 August 2019

The Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod recently held their monthly meeting. The agenda included sharing the results of the vet’s visit as well as discussing administrative matters related to bird food disbursement from the Village. Good job Madhusuara! We await your visit to our centre this month. 

21 August 2019

Dr. Rayni visited recently for her routine health check for all the birds in our breeding and release centre as well as at the homes of the local community breeders. Their eyes, beaks, mouths, ears, feathers, wings, pectorals, and behavior were all checked. All birds were also dewormed, except the breeding pairs, so as to not disturb the breeding process. The doctor also suggested the use of vitamin E as part of their treatment. Thank you again Dr. Rayni for your ongoing hard work!

15 August 2019

A pair of Starlings that we have released are often seen foraging for insects on the grass in one of the local villas adjacent to the breeding centre. We hope they find enough protein for the day!

13 August 2019

Our released Starlings are often seen perching on top of a frangipani tree just in front of COMO Shambhala Estate, Bali's front office. What an amazing sight to welcome their guests!

12 August 2019

Our staff recently set up a trap camera inside a bamboo and placed next to an active nest box. Hopefully we detect some great observations inside the nest box!

7 August 2019

A released Bali Starling perches on top of our breeding and release centre signage. Our breeding centre is open to the public so please contact or Whatsapp +6281295695011 to arrange for a visit and to be able to see the Starlings in the wild. 

30 July 2019

The Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod recently held its routine meeting at the Association’s secretary I Nyoman Sukayasa’s house, with participation from the representative of the Melinggih Kelod Village administration, along with our own staff. The meeting held discussed breeding improvements amongst the breeders, administrative coordination with the Village office, and a field trip plan to visit our breeding and release centre. Thank you for organizing the meeting and we look forward to the next one!

17 July 2019

Dr. Rayni recently visited the Melinggih Kelod Bali Starling foster parents to provide a general health check. We are glad that all fostered birds are healthy! Thank you to the Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod for taking care of the precious Bali Starlings!

27 June 2019

More great news from the Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod. The Association’s Head I Wayan Susana’s pair recently gave birth to a new chick.

Taking out the baby from the nest box was a collaborative effort, with our staff taking it from its nest, and now the baby is cared for at the Association’s Secretary I Nyoman Sukayasa’s house, using his own self-made incubator. Thank you for your support I Nyoman Sukayasa! Great teamwork.

26 June 2019

Our conservation staff Wiwin, has been disinfecting the enclosures in our breeding and release centre in order to clean the cages and to prevent the growth of germs and diseases. Enclosure disinfecting is carried out twice a week.

24 June 2019

The Melinggih Kelod Bali Starling foster parents have chosen a name for their Association, “Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod”. What does it mean? Madhusuara, in Sanskrit, means beautiful melodies/sound. This refers to the Bali Starling’s beautiful singing. The name came up during an informal meeting the Association held on Sunday (June 17, 2019), and was registered in the official meeting held with the Village on Monday (June 18, 2019). Onwards and upwards, Madhusuara Breeders Association Melinggih Kelod!

18 June 2019

Our staff Renaldi met with Melinggih Kelod’s Bali Starling Foster Parents Association newly elected Head I Wayan Susana and Secretary I Nyoman Sukayasa on Tueday (June 4, 2019).

The informal meeting was held at I Wayan Susana’s house, and they followed-up on the last Association meeting, discussing capacity building options for the foster parents, the needs of the Association, and exchange of knowledge. We look forward to more informative and useful discussions!

13 June 2019

Another sighting at COMO Shambhala Estate’s Spa!

We received a picture from COMO Shambhala Estate’s Pilates teacher Nicole Silver. This pair was seen perching on a tree, overlooking the Estate’s parkland. They really fit in with their surroundings! 

11 June 2019

On Monday (May 27, 2019), a meeting with the Melinggih Kelod local foster parents was held, with Melinggih Kelod heads of banjars and village officials also in attendance.

Besides holding discussions on a variety of topics regarding the program, the meeting also successfully voted for the association structure, with a new Head, Secretary, and Treasurer elected. This Association will enhance the implementation of the community-based conservation program and assist our mutual goal to breed the Bali Starling and save the species from extinction.

We are looking forward to the continued collaboration with the Melinggih Kelod Bali Starling Foster Parents Association! 

7 June 2019

Support is never-endingly required and we are always thankful to those who work with us! We have received another round of Bali Starling pictures in the wild from COMO Shambhala Estate’s security, I Nyoman Suwardana. He often reports to us the whereabouts of the Starlings around the security post and sends us pictures. He mentioned to us that they are often seen in a frangipani tree, foraging for food. In this picture, he said that he finds it very cute that they sometimes perch on a statue nearby.

Thank you for your reports and pictures, Nyoman! We hope that you’ve enjoyed being accompanied by the Starlings during your duty!

4 June 2019

A curious Bali Starling visits the Como Shambhala Spa.

28 May 2019

Our staff, Renaldi and Wiwin, recently visited the Bali Starlings housed by our community foster parents and provided de-worming medicine for their birds, in order to prevent any possibility of disease for those birds being bred offsite by members of the local village.

20 May 2019

Hearing a Bali Starling sing while you have a spa treatment!

COMO Shambhala Estate's spa manager, Sally Halstead, has sent us beautiful pictures of the released Bali Starlings she saw around the spa!

She said that birds usually visit daily, taking a bath in the fountain. Guests are able to hear the Starlings singing during their massages. What a nice additional touch to a relaxing treatment! Thank you Sally for sending us the pictures and for your support. They are the island's treasures that should be protected at all costs. 

16 May 2019

Representatives from the Gianyar Natural Resources Conservation Agency’s (KSDA) Zone II visited us on Wednesday (May 8, 2019) as part of their routine visit to make sure that our facility is well managed and the birds are in good hands. They checked our stock, condition of the birds, condition of the facility, and progress of our programs. The visit was also part of the requirement for our breeding permit license extension. Coincidentally, they also got to see the Bali Starlings in the wild around the centre! Thank you for the visit KSDA!

13 May 2019


Two of our staff briefly visited Nusa Penida last week to check up on the Bali Starlings that have been released over 13 years ago. They saw two pairs located in two different hotels in the island. Interestingly, a pair that were observed had no rings, so they must be second or third generation! A local youth, Ketut, said that when he was in junior high school, he saw a lot of the Bali Starlings in the wild, however he doesn’t seem to see them much around nowadays. Hopefully the remaining birds in the island would be able to be productive to create a sustainable flock.

8 May 2019

Who doesn’t need a routine health check?

Last week, all of the Bali Starlings and Black-Winged Starlings in our breeding and release centre had their health checked by veterinarian Dr. Rayni. They were weighed, and their eyes, beaks, mouths, ears, feathers, wings, pectorals, and behavior were all checked. In addition, the birds were also given color tags for easier identification for monitoring purposes in the enclosures. All birds were also dewormed and given anti-flea medicine. Thank you for your hard work Dr. Rayni!

30 April 2019

Caught in the act!

Our intern Wiwin took a few snaps of our released Starlings when they were foraging. One Starling was happily observed foraging on the bamboo tree, and the other seemed to be looking for insects on the road! Interesting observations!

15 April 2019

Back in January, one of our local foster parents succeeded in having his breeding pair produce three chicks at once!

Great job and we hope that there will be more chicks before the end of the breeding season this year.

5 April 2019

Our new staff member, Renaldi, who has ample experience in conservation, has been re-arranging our nest boxes in the wild. He has been taking down unused nest boxes, based on daily observations from our intern Wiwin. Together, they have inspected all the nest boxes, cleaned them and repaired them. They have also installed the nest boxes in new locations, with one box already being used by our birds in the wild!

Seems like re-arranging the nest boxes was a good idea and we hope the other boxes are put to good use!

12 March 2019

What does the start of success look like?

Begawan village local resident I Nyoman Sukadana commented, "I like to see the Bali Starlings flying around and especially when they come to my house! I don't need to buy a bird myself to be put in a cage when I can see them fly.”

Thank you for your comment, Nyoman, because yes, we do like it more when we see birds flying free as they are surely happier! Let’s hope that all the community agree so we can feel that our Bali Starlings are appreciated and protected.

5 March 2019

Our intern has spotted the White-necked Myna (Celebes Myna) in our Breeding and Release Centre! This bird is endemic to Sulawesi, and BF team is curious as to how it came to our site. Did it fly from Sulawesi? Or maybe it escaped from a local compound?

Known locally as Bilbong, the lone bird was spotted at a nest box in our Centre. It entered the nest box and there were a few protests from our Bali Starlings, but we didn't see any fights. Hopefully they get along well!


28 February 2019

In August last year, we held presentations at public primary schools in Carang Sari Village, to the west of Melinggih Kelod across the Ayung River. We presented information about the Foundation as well as telling students of the endangered status of the Bali Starling. Students became aware of our current breeding and release program in the area, and our team emphasized to the students that we all have to work together to protect this critically endangered bird, especially once a release into the wild has been undertaken.

As a follow-up to these presentations and our releases at the end of 2018, we distributed our “How to assist in bird monitoring” posters to the schools in Carang Sari. In case the birds fly across the river to Carang Sari, the students and teachers will be able to report to us sightings directly to us!

26 February 2019

Our intern, Wiwin, observed a released pair of Starlings in a local compound.

What is interesting is that the pair are currently looking to use an unused lovebirds nest box. The owner of the house saw that they wanted to get inside, but because the hole is too small, he has enlarged it.

Thank you for your care and support and we hope it becomes an active nest box soon! It would be great to see our released birds breeding safely outside the breeding and release site.

18 February 2019

Over the weekend, our staff undertook another round of young banjar presentations, in Banjar Begawan and Banjar Tibekauh.

Both were lively sessions, as the attendees had many questions about our breeding programs. Thank you to young Begawan and Tibekauh residents for attending and we look forward to you visiting our centre as well as involvement in community monitoring.

12 February 2019

An interesting development for our released birds!

Our staff observed that there are two females and one male perched on the same tree, and saw 2 birds going in and out of the nest box. Which female will become the male’s partner ? Stay tuned!

11 February 2019

Our staff have started another round of banjar presentations, this time to the Young Banjar, community members aged from 12 until married!

On January 27, 2019, our staff presented to around 30 members in Banjar Paneca. We talked about our on-going programs in the village as well as telling them about the birds that have been released. The aim of the presentation is to interest them in community monitoring and observation. Thank you young Paneca residents for taking the time to listen to our presentation!

28 January 2019

Following the torrential rain over these past few days, our staff at the Breeding and Release Centre have checked on nestboxes to ensure that they are not wet. They are completely dry and ready for young.

We now have 3 active nest boxes and one pair has hatched their first wild born chick! Great news and update for our birds in the wild!

21 January 2019

Our staff undertook a survey with the local community in Banjar Begawan, where our Breeding and Release Centre is located, to ask them about any bird sightings.

The survey provided insightful results for us, as most of the locals have seen the birds flying and playing around their compound. One local shared some interesting feedback. She said that when she was about to cut the bamboo trees behind her house, she saw 6-8 birds playing around so she decided to not cut down the trees. That is much appreciated. Most people we met also said that they were very happy to see and hear the sounds of birds.

We now know that some of the birds are flying out of the area of our Breeding and Release centre, but most importantly, we know that the residents of local compounds are guarding them!

15 January 2019

We have also put up our “How to monitor a free flying bird” posters in the warungs (local shops) near our Breeding and Release Centre.

The warung owners were happy to receive the posters, as they themselves said that they have seen the birds. We are looking forward to the cooperation from Melinggih Kelod locals!

14 January 2019

We have been distributing our “How to monitor a free flying bird” poster to schools in Melinggih Kelod.

Following the releases we undertook at the end of 2018, we now have a flock of Starlings flying freely over the village. Thus, we are focusing on involving the community in the monitoring process, as the program aims to run a participatory-based conservation method so that the local community itself feels responsible in protecting the endangered bird.

The hotline is open and we await reports from Melinggih Kelod locals!

28 December 2018

Our volunteers Martin and Tereza recently learned how to differentiate between a male and a female Bali Starling – thank you Sunset Vet in Ubud for the lesson. They were told that the most visible difference that can be observed is examining the bird’s cloaca which is the only opening for the digestive, reproductive, and urinary tract. The female cloaca’s circuit length is shorter, and the male’s cloaca is longer. The length from the male’s belly to the cloaca is also more curved outward. In addition, the size of the male’s skull is bigger compared to the female. And not to forget the crest, the male’s crest is longer compared to the female.

We have identified our unsexed Black-Winged Starling as a male, and he is now paired with the one female that we have. As this is a new pairing, we hope that this will be productive!

26 December 2018 

To close the year on another high, we released five more Bali Starlings into the wild on Monday (December 24, 2018), just before the year-end holidays.

Five of our Bali Starling Eco-Warriors also participated in the release. These five students are the students with the current highest attendance for our after-school activities and they were really happy to be able to participate in the release.

We also want to celebrate the Balinese ceremony Galungan through the release. We hope that by returning the birds into the wild, we are championing the victory of good against evil, celebrating the victory of dharma over adharma.

12 December 2018

We are happy to announce that we have released a number of Bali Starlings since November from our Breeding and Release Centre in Melinggih Kelod! The village has signed an awik-awik for all six banjars, presentations have been made to the Family Welfare Movement (PKK), and hospitality venues to ensure safety.

We have put up nest boxes around the area and are still providing supplementary food as this is a soft release. The birds need time to adjust looking for food in the wild, however already we monitor that they are finding protein in the form of geckos and dragonflies. Representatives from the Bali Natural Resources Conservation Agency’s (BKSDA) Gianyar Conservation Zone II also joined us for the release.

We have taken the steps needed to release: presented and raised awareness to the locals, assisted in the creation of the local law, and micro-chipped the birds. We hope that they will successfully breed in the wild. Stay tuned as further releases are planned. 

4 December 2018

After around six months of discussions and engagement with the Melinggih Kelod Village Head as well as undertaking presentations to the banjars (village sections), the Melinggih Kelod Village has created an agreement, which has been officiated into 'awig-awig' (local law). The awig-awig, which has been signed by the Village Head as well as the Kelians (heads) of the banjars, states that shooting/trapping/hunting the Bali Starling or any other protected wildlife in the area is prohibited. Any person from the community that is caught doing any of the above will pay a penalty of Rp10,000,000. Meanwhile, any person outside the community caught in Melinggih Kelod breaking the above awig-awig agreement, based on Government Regulation No. 5/1990, will receive five years jail time and pay a penalty of Rp100,000,000.

The Village community is on board with our conservation efforts! Congratulations and thank you Melinggih Kelod for your collective support and responsibility in seeing the need to protect our precious Bali Starlings! We are moving forward with our community involvement.

3 October 2018

Four nest boxes have been placed around our Breeding and Release Centre. The metal protection cones below the nest boxes will hinder snakes and other possible predators getting in the nest boxes.

Stay tuned!

13 September 2018

A pair of our Bali Starlings were microchipped last Wednesday (September 5, 2018) at Sunset Vet Bali, Ubud.

Why do we microchip our Bali Starlings?

Compared to leg bands/rings, microchips are more reliable for identification when we release them into the wild. Leg bands can be cut off or wear down in time, with microchips lasting for the bird’s lifetime since they are implanted into the actual body of the bird.

The procedure only took a few minutes, using a needle and the special syringe. The Trovan MidiChips allow birds to be detected with a handheld device/scanner when they go missing and may then assist in identification.

4 July 2018

New babies hatched! Good news from our community breeders, resulting in four Bali Starling chicks this month. Let’s hope that the parents take good care of them!

2 July 2018

Another visit from the coffee buyers - a mixture of our Japanese friends and their Chinese associates from Beijing and Shanghai. It’s always interesting for supporters to visit and see the Bali Starlings that they assist with their donations. Thanks to Volkopi for arranging this.

21 June 2018

In order to promote awareness on bird shooting, trapping, and poaching, Begawan Foundation together with BKSDA Bali and Melinggih Kelod Village, have installed warning signboards prohibiting bird shooting and poaching. Six metal signboards are now in place in banjars around Melinggih Kelod.

20 June 2018

Welcome to the coffee buyers from Japan, who purchase coffee from Kintamani via Volkopi to sell in Japan. This is the third visit to our site, and it was a delight to show them our new breeding and release site in Melinggih Kelod. Their donation to our program for Bali Starlings is very much appreciated.

29 May 2018

The Begawan Foundation team successfully held two presentations at the local Banjars (community area) in Melinggih Kelod. At Banjar Tibekauh and Banjar Begawan, we talked about our on-going programs as well as raising awareness about our future plans to release the Bali Starlings in the village. The local communities were enthusiastic and asked questions about the breeding program as well as suggesting the idea of implementing heavy penalties for those attempting to capture released birds in the future.

23 May 2018

Our new Breeding and Release Centre in Begawan is now officially open!

Founders, Bradley and Debora Gardner, together with Ngakan Putu Riadi, representing the Breeding Divison at the Gianyar District’s Agriculture Office, Dewa Made Rupa, representing the Bali Natural Resources Conservation Agency’s (BKSDA) Gianyar Conservation Head Zone II, and Melinggih Kelod Village Head, I Nyoman Suwardana opened the new Centre on Wednesday (May 23, 2018).

The Melinggih Kelod Community Breeders, Melinggih Kelod Banjar Heads, Bali Starling student supporters and school principals from Melinggih and Melinggih Kelod attended the event. Thank you to everyone who came to the ceremony and gave their support.

For those interested to visit, please contact us at or call +62361 900 1326 to arrange for an appointment. See you at the new site!

14 May 2018

The Melinggih Kelod Community Breeders decided to form the Melinggih Kelod Breeders Association last Monday (May 14, 2018). This Association will enhance the implementation of the community-based conservation program and assist our mutual goal to breed the Bali Starling and save the species from extinction.

We are looking forward to Begawan Foundation’s collaboration with the Melinggih Kelod Breeders Association.

22 February 2018

The three hungry birds!
These 3 young hand-reared Bali Starlings bred by one of our community breeders in Melinggih Kelod need to be fed constantly, non-stop work for the breeder. 

07 February 2018

The second batch of 10 community breeders are preparing their enclosures ready to receive their fostered pairs of Bali Starlings. All enclosures are being constructed in compliance with our SOPs, to ensure successful breeding, and eventually a release that will see a free flying flock in Melinggih Kelod.

02 February 2018

Put a smile on your face! The training for the second batch of community breeders led by our senior bird keeper, Ngurah, flowed smoothly. It’s easier to deliver the knowledge, tips and tricks to breed the Bali Starling when conducted in Balinese. Indeed, everybody’s clear on how to feed and to take care of their Bali Starlings. We look forward to successful breeding.

22 January 2018

Twenty one days after hatching, the chick turns into a handsome Bali Starling. We can hardly wait to see it flap its wings and fly

16 January 2018

A community breeding program for the Bali Starling
The best way to maintain interest is to keep the new breeders informed in an informal and social setting.
A regular meeting with the current 10 breeders will be extended to welcome the next set of breeders this month.
We’re looking forward to this local community’s participation in all aspects of Bali Starling breeding and release – a goal for the future!

11 January 2018

Ringing Bali Starlings in Melinggih Kelod
The first three Bali Starlings bred by our community breeders, in Banjar Tibekauh, are old enough to ring with a permanent closed identity ring. A further 3 chicks have hatched and once they are a few days older, between the age of 7 and 13 days, they also will be ringed. 
It’s great to see such success so quickly in our local breeding program!

09 January 2018

Welcome to the wild world!
The 5 eggs of the Bali Starling pair have hatched in the wild. The babies are still very young, and need attentive parents particularly in this wet season when hard rain hits daily. Feeding 5 babies could be quite challenging for the parents, let’s hope they take good care of them. Seeing a family of free-flying Bali Starlings in the wild would be wonderful, wouldn’t it?


03 January 2018

2018 is the year of the dog and expected to bring prosperity, particularly for those who are proactive, work hard and communicate well. For Begawan Foundation, the first newborn Bali Starling chicks from our community program starts 2018 on a high note. Extra care is required to ensure these very young chicks survive and grow. High protein food, especially crickets, are a great food for the parents to give their young. Grow, babies, grow, and become healthy adults!

Are the Bali Starlings inside an enclosure safe from predators? Many different predators target birds or their eggs as an easy meal. The usual predators found around a house in a compound in Bali are snakes, monitor lizards and Tokay geckos. To ensure they cannot find a gap or a chink to slide through we have installed rubber sheeting to fill any small cracks. Both snakes and geckos are able to flatten themselves to find their way through any small gap. Snakes are particularly evident when young birds hatch, attracted by the scent of the new chicks. 100% security is needed!

14 December 2017

It’s been 8 weeks since their move to the village of Melinggih Kelod, and this couple has adapted well to their new environment, demonstrating by their flirtatious behaviour that this is a couple which enjoy being together. Thanks to Pak Made Suarjana, one of our community based conservation program breeders, for taking care of this lovely Bali Starling couple.

13 December 2017

This newly hatched baby bird with a wide open mouth screams nonstop for food, keeping its mother busy. Only a quick slightly blurred photo as we don't want to disturb the bond that needs to form between mother and baby.

12 December 2017

The female of this pair of Bali Starlings, currently with one of our community breeders, is spending a lot of time in the nestbox protecting her eggs. It will only be a couple of weeks before the chicks are born. A promising start to our community breeding program.


07 December 2017

Safety first!
Every living thing has predators, it’s known as being part of the food chain. At our Breeding and Release Center in Sibang, our Bali Starlings are preyed upon naturally by snakes, geckos and monitor lizards. A tree baffle and a cone guard made of steel are the first line of defence from a ground attack, so those harmful predators can’t get close to the birds.

04 December 2017

During breeding time, the pairs become construction crews. Many songbirds are master builders, building a structure to contain their eggs and nestlings. According to our bird keepers’ experience, the dried stems of the Gamal tree (Gliricidia sepium) are the Bali Starlings’ favourite nesting material.

It makes a fine nest with good durability and elasticity. Add a few leaves and small twigs, and a comfortable nest is made.

01 December 2017

This pair has been anxious to begin their lives as parents. Their first task was to select materials for a nest. 

01 December 2017

Checking progress is an important part of the community program in Melinggih Kelod. We have a very keen group of Bali Starling breeders and already four nests have eggs!

30 November 2017


"Hopefully a First Time Father!"

For several months, a young free-flying Bali Starling widow has faithfully spent time at the Sibang Breeding and Release Centre visiting her friends.

A male Bali Starling, that we rejected for the community breeding program as in his 8 years, he had yet to produce offspring, escaped.

One young female met one escaped male – here are the results! We can’t wait to see offspring, and to prove that although captive breeding is a way to keep the species from extinction, nothing beats life in the open air where the variety of nesting material and the protein is second to none.


30 November 2017

Mount Agung has erupted and its volcanic ash has spread to large surrounding areas, including our Breeding and Release Centre in Sibang Kaja. The bad news is that birds are more sensitive than humans to the gaseous volcanic toxins. Compared to humans, avian lungs have more numerous and thinner tissues, allowing them to inhale twice as much gas as humans under the same circumstances. In order to prevent the effects of volcanic ash on our birds, we have covered our enclosures with clear plastic sheets to reduce their exposure to toxins while still allowing ambient light to penetrate.

29 November 2017

Begawan Foundation has committed itself to build a long-term partnership with Melinggih Kelod village to conserve the Bali Starling by commencing foster parents program. Since the bird handover less than a month ago, 4 out of 10 Bali Starling pairs have laid eggs. It proves that proper husbandry will lead to a successful breeding program. Let's hope that in 2 weeks the new generation of the Balinese heritage bird will emerge.

13 November 2017


The life of a Bali Starling in our socialization enclosure is one of enjoyment - playing with friends, flying from branch to branch, taking a break next to a possible mate. The same ritual daily until they find the perfect partner and move to a breeding enclosure. Good luck mate!

30 October 2017

Update from our community based Bali Starling conservation program in the village of Melinggih Kelod.

Enclosures complete with foundations, nest boxes, bathtubs and planting. Blessing ceremony held so that all will be favoured by the Gods. 6 pairs of Bali Starlings came today to the breeders in the village of Melinggih Kelod. Hopefully, these couples will enjoy their new homes and a fresh environment.

17 October 2017

Involving local communities in conservation projects is essential, and often challenging. The goal is to ensure that such communities take on the responsibility for the wellbeing and care of their environment. Education, trainings and regular contact are essential. We are aware that without proper preparation, follow up and commitment, any community-based conservation project will fail. Begawan Foundation staff are undertaking courses in the local primary schools and running several different after-school activities, as well as working with the adult members of the community.


06 September 2017

Amankila Beach Resort,Manggis Bali Indonesia, our Bali Starling foster parents based in Karangasem has succesfully bred offspring. We have moved three young to our Breeding and Release Center in Sibang. Welcome home!

24 August 2017


Begawan Foundation develops its conservation program by involving the community in learning about sustainable bird breeding in captivity, alleviating the need to take birds from the wild. We have conducted a training for the Melinggih Kelod community at our Breeding and Release Center in Sibang. Our senior bird keeper, Ngurah demonstrated the need for a healthy diet of insect protein, fruit and vegetables, if a bird lover is to breed long living healthy birds.

07 August 2017

This fragile Bali Starling, with its feathers just emerging, is now 10
days old. Fed by its parents, and kept warm by the heat lamp in the
enclosure (it¹s a wet and cold dry season), this bird is growing well, and
will be fully feathered in just a few more days.

17 July 2017

Good news should be shared! Our bird keepers' efforts to breed the birds, watch their behavior closely, and change pairs if necessary has paid off. We provide a variety of natural materials for nesting, and two pairs of Bali starlings have laid an egg each.

05 July 2017

Bird Enclosures Maintenance

Some of our enclosures have been with us since the beginning of our breeding programme in 1999. Maintenance is ongoing and its that time of year again when the dry season arrives. We have 2 types of enclosure: socialization and breeding, each built to specific standards. The breeding enclosures provide space to fly, covered area for shelter and shade, and vegetation that allows the breeding pair privacy in which to look after their young. The socialisation enclosure is big enough to resemble nature – shelter, trees on which to perch, plenty of space to fly, and room to find a mate.

18 May 2017

Bali Starlings which have not successfully reproduced in breeding enclosures with ‘arranged marriages' are moved to the socialisation enclosure where there is the opportunity to find a more ‘appealing’ partner.
It looks like this system is working!



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