Rescue / shelter organization,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted Sep 29, 2013
I worked at the Bali Mynah Association in helping these birds. These birds are endemic to Bali Island of Indonesia and unfortunately endangered. Even so, successful breeding in captivity has helped the numbers of these birds to increase! There are around 60 birds in the wild and more than 1000 in captivity. The government has allowed Bali Mynahs to be kept as pets to help the captive breeding of these animals before its offspring can be sent off back to Bali to take gradual steps into releasing them in the wild. If they could be kept as pets there would be more breeders to help the conservation efforts of these animals!
They are friendly - but can be a little nervous when seeing unfamiliar people. Their songs are beautiful to hear! Bali Mynahs aren't very hard to keep and they're almost as easy to keep as common hill mynahs. They are kept in an outdoor, heated aviary with adequate space for them to jump around. The enclosure, however they should be kept in a an aviary that mimics their natural habitat for conservation purposes such as giving them uncut and unpeeled fruit, dripping water onto leaves so the birds become accustomed to drinking it, and by placing watery foods and trees.