The island of Nusa Penida off Bali welcomed the births of one of the world’s most endangered birds, the Bali starling, after the hatching of four healthy chicks at a conservation center in the island earlier this month.
The chicks are said to be offsprings of two pairs of birds nurtured in the community center in the island’s Ped village, which were donated by Soehana Oetodjo, one of Indonesia’s most experienced Bali starling breeders, to the Nusa Penida center in December last year.
“It’s very exciting; these are the first offspring after 10 months,” I.G.N. Bayu Wirayudha, the founder and chief executive of the Friends of the National Park Foundation, a conservation group, said in a statement issued this week.
“We would like to show people interested in the captive breeding of starlings for conservation that you don’t need fancy cages. We used very simple, secure, inexpensive enclosures that meet wildlife welfare standards, something that people on Nusa Penida can copy.”
Bayu said his organization also trained local staff on techniques to breed the bird.
“You don’t need any specialist skills to do it. It is very much about how much you care about the birds,” he said.
The FNPF, working to protect wildlife and its habitat while supporting local communities, has been deeply involved in transforming Nusa Penida into an unofficial bird sanctuary and a haven for the Bali starling, with the support of 46 villages on the island.
The area is home to an estimated 100 Bali starlings today, up from just 10 individual birds in 2006.