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Bali Starling

By Hawkgenes
The Bali starling is one of the rarest birds in the world and relatively new to science, being first described in l912.

Endemic to the island of Bali in Indonesia and previously found throughout the north west third of the island. It inhabits monsoon forest and acacia savanna.

The breeding season runs from October to November and nests are preferentially made within wood pecker holes in tree trunks.

Habitat destruction and illegal trade have decimated the wild population.

This one was photographed at the Harewood bird garden in Yorkshire. He and his mate had a large enclosure at Harewood and seemed to be enjoying life.


Tags: Wildlife Birds Pets and captive animals

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Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
22 Jan 2007 8:20PM
Looks a very timid little thing/beautifully photographed.

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Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
22 Jan 2007 8:23PM
Super shot of this rare bird, great detail and clarity
Blenkinsopp 12 320 4 England
22 Jan 2007 8:48PM
your usual stunning clarity and detail
Marian 12 62 England
22 Jan 2007 8:48PM
What a beautiful bird, and with that green background it's made you a wonderful image.
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
22 Jan 2007 9:14PM
Gorgeous bird-- well see, Thanks for sharing this rare bird with us--
Well done!
Malc_V 12 England
22 Jan 2007 10:06PM
Beautiful image.
Brilliant description.

Bluke 13 303 1 United Kingdom
22 Jan 2007 10:20PM
this is sooo good hawk..... excellent work..

Mrtaz30 12 2 United States
22 Jan 2007 11:03PM
Great shot...nice detail and color..unusual bird..

didgpix 11
22 Jan 2007 11:26PM
Beautiful image, detail is superb.
Alison_S Plus
12 339 United Kingdom
23 Jan 2007 10:54AM
Beautiful shot, and the blue eyes. Smashing pose too.

Maiwand 11 3 73 England
23 Jan 2007 1:22PM
Thanks for showing me,so beautifully, a bird I had never seen before.

Pegon 12 78 1 England
23 Jan 2007 5:55PM
Superb capture.
PatrickSmith 13 1.2k 2 United States
23 Jan 2007 5:58PM
I have never seen anything like it. Congrats on such a great catch!

TessC 12 1 Ireland
24 Jan 2007 12:58AM
Oh wow, what a lovely and different looking bird. The blue around the eyes. So beautiful. And all fluffy. Wonderful to see. Nice work!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
24 Jan 2007 10:05AM
like the soft background

lovely bird
KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2007 9:28PM
interesting description John, superb exposure.
Gaz_H 11 150 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2007 9:54PM
What an amazing capture - speechless.
glazzaro 13 70 23 United States
27 Jan 2007 4:41AM
A real beauty, excellent exposure and detail! Spot on! Click!!!

thorn 13 124 2 Scotland
27 Jan 2007 5:00PM
Awesome capture and composure John,he's brilliant thankyou for sharing this little beauty.Take care.AnnSmile
GillyB Plus
13 317 8 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2007 4:29AM
This is stunning John, beautifully detailed and superb Dof!

VNelson 13 3 United States
29 Jan 2007 7:37PM
Perfect exposure on the whites. Excellent. Wonder how they ever arrived at 'starling'?

daffydill56 14 190 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2007 8:43PM
A lovely image of such a rarity John.Exposure is perfect and the detail excellent.Nice work.

Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2007 9:08AM
Good sharp image,but might of liked the full tail.Well taken.
What a lovely looking bird and so well photographed. Thanks for your description, it's so interesting.
WOW, Luv this Hawk.....Beautiful colours, the blues are fab!

Suzan Smile

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