STARLING OF BALI

The Bali starling (Leucopsar rothschildi Stresemann, 1912), known by the local population as Jalak Bali, is a bird of the Sturnidae family present only on the island of Bali, Indonesia. It is the only species of the genus Leucopsar.
It is a medium-sized bird, up to 25 cm long, stocky, almost completely white. On the head it has a crest of feathers turned backwards. The tip of the wings and the end of the tail are black, while around the eyes it has a mask of naked skin of blue color. The legs are gray and the beak is yellow. Both sexes are similar.
The Bali starling usually remains hidden among the branches of the trees and, unlike other starlings, descends to the ground just to drink. This is an adaptation due to the fact that its candid plumage makes it immediately recognizable to predators in open spaces. Often it gathers in groups to help each other in the search for food and to better defend itself from predators. The diet of this bird includes fruits, seeds, insects and other small invertebrates.