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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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 www.begawanfoundation.org
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
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 https://lnkd.in/dTGC57R
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!
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 https://lnkd.in/eKYXpht
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
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 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 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.
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 http://begawanfoundation.org/bali-starling.
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 www.begawanfoundation.org.
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.
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 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:/i.ibb.co/3h1ST03/Begawan-Foundation-07-20201223111034970.jpg"%20alt="Begawan-Foundation-07-20201223111034970"%20border="0">" alt="" />
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.
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.
13 November 2020
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.
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!
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!
3 August 2020
Caught! One released Bali Starling prepares to fly, while another looks on. Hope you had a good flight!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or call +62361 900 1326 to arrange for an appointment. See you at the new site!
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.
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
07 December 2017
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.
01 December 2017
This pair has been anxious to begin their lives as parents. Their first task was to select materials for a nest.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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