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Fewer Than Twenty

Fewer Than Twenty
Photo Information
Copyright: Ken Ilio (flip89) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 1 N: 54] (272)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-01-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Nikkor 70-200mm VR, Heliopan UV
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2005-04-05 1:38
Viewed: 3910
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Bali Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi) is one of the world's most critically endangered birds. Native to the island of Bali in Indonesia, there are about less than 20 individual birds remaining in the wild.

Female and male Bali mynahs look alike, having beautiful white feathers, black tipped wings and tails, and a bright powder blue crescent of skin around the eyes. Their heads are topped off by a lacy white crest of feathers. They are about the size of cardinals.

Originally inhabiting some 30,000 hectares of dry monsoon forest along northern Bali, the species is now restricted to 4000 hectares within the Prabat Agung Peninsula located in the extreme northwest. Poaching and timber harvesting are among the greatest threat to the survival of the Bali mynah in the wild. Conservation initiatives enacted over the past two decades to have been ineffective in increasing this species numbers in the wild. Fortunately, Bali mynahs breed readily in captivity, with more than 800 birds managed in breeding programs globally. However, behavioral incompatibility, low fertility, and high nestling mortality have resulted in substantial variation in breeding success among genetically-desirable pairings.

This bird was photographed at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago which participates in the Species Survival Plans (SSPs) established by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA). SSPs are cooperative management programs designed to ensure the continued genetic diversity of animals in captivity including the Bali mynah.

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What a beautiful bird. Love that blue eye and the fluffy-looking feathers

A well taken photograph and a very informative note as well.

Yes, what an exquisite specimen.
And what a perfect photo.Absolutely brilliant Ken,
I never would have picked this as a mynah.
It would be a shame if we lost them.
Not so bad if we lost mynahs.
I posted a photo of a mynah attacking a rat.
Its called Attack.

WOW, what a beauty !!! the blue around the eye is amazing. Looks like it is wearing make-up . details and pov are good. looks like you took this in the wild, well done for that


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-04-06 0:59]

Beautiful shot of this endangered bird. You captured an interesting pose in a pleasing composition. The details are sharp and well-exposed. Thank you for bringing this rare bird to us.
A relative of the common myna?

Good capture, Ken. Such a fine looking bird, with great detail and wonderful lighting. It would be a shame to lose these creatures also.
Thank you for sharing him with us.

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