Animation of the head of a 22-year-old adult female Baringo giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis rothschildi, OUVC 10513) demonstrating aspects of the head blood vascular system. Arteries and veins were injected with different concentrations of barium and latex, allowing their discrimination with CT scanning.”


The future of the Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi) is an uncertain one. This strikingly-colored starling, the emblematic animal of the Indonesian island of Bali, is nearly extinct in the wild, with only a couple hundred individuals left in the Balinese jungles. Captive breeding programs are hard at work to save this unique and beautiful species, though the illegal bird trade continues to endanger what few populations are left.

The Bali Myna reaches lengths of as much as 25.4 cm (10 inches) with little sexual dimorphism. It commonly approaches the ground, unlike many other starlings, where it feeds upon plant matter and small invertebrates.


[1] - by “Cburnett”, Milwaukee County Zoological Gardens, 6 October 2006 (via Wikimedia Commons)

[2] - by the Begawan Foundation, Sibang, Bali, 17 June 2014 (via Wikimedia Commons)

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Bali Starling

Bali has one of the most beautiful birds; Bali Starling (Leucopsar rothschildi). Bali starling is a beautiful endemic bird. The bird, in Indonesia, is only found on the island of Bali, and can only be found in western Bali, which is in the district of Jembrana in the forests of West Bali National Park(TNBB).