Topeka Zoo helps critically endangered Bali Myna bird species survive
A Bali Myna, one of the world’s rarest — and some say most wonderful — birds was hatched this thirty day period at the Topeka Zoo.
The Asian songbird was born July 2 at the Topeka Zoo, the place it life in the Tropical Rainforest.
The birth boosts that facility’s number of users of the critically endangered species to 3, explained Joe Maloney, who functions at the zoo with invertebrates and in the rainforest.
Bali mynas are among the most vocal birds in that rainforest, the place their unique plumage and phone calls make them easily recognizable, he said.
‘Breeding in zoos may possibly be its only hope for survival’
The critically endangered Bali myna is “a single of the most beautiful birds in the environment, with its hanging snow white feathers, lacy head crest and blue eye patch,” says the web-site of the Cincinnati Zoo.
The populace of Bali Mynas in the wild has been diminished by habitat loss and unlawful trapping carried out to purchase them to be caged songbirds, claimed Taylor Miller, the Topeka Zoo’s communications coordinator.
“Only a handful of mynas, hugely coveted by collectors, continue being in the wild,” states the Cincinnati Zoo website. “Breeding in zoos may be its only hope for survival.”
Mynas try to eat fruit, seeds, invertebrates
Bali mynas can develop up to 10 inches long, and live only in Bali, a province of Indonesia, according to the Cincinnati Zoo web site.
Their diet consists of fruit, seeds and invertebrates, it claims.
Ladies of the species are likely to lay one to three eggs but typically only one particular will survive, Miller claimed.
“They are cavity nesters, so the chick is at present found in a distinctive box developed by keepers,” she reported.
The box simulates a cavity nest but allows enough space for animal treatment staff to continue to keep a close eye on them, Miller said.
“The mother and father are exceptional mom and dad and you can consistently catch glimpses of them carrying food stuff to their nesting space,” stated Wrylie Guffey, animal curator at the Topeka Zoo.
Mynas are inquisitive, active birds who “always show up to know what is going on around the rainforest,” Guffey stated.
Bali Mynas start flying when they are 3-4 weeks outdated and become completely independent when they are 6-7 weeks outdated, Miller claimed.
‘We may title this chick in the future’
The gender of the toddler hatched July 2 is not still acknowledged, and it hasn’t been named, Maloney mentioned.
The infant’s mothers and fathers also haven’t been named, as it isn’t unusual for songbirds to not receive names, he reported.
“We may well title this chick in the long term, but that has not been established but,” Maloney stated.
The infant’s father is just less than 3 yrs old and arrived at the zoo about two months ago precisely to breed with its woman Bali myna, Maloney said.
“The mother Bali is a tiny more mature than him, at 7 many years of age, and has been at the Topeka Zoo for nearly five decades now,” he claimed.
That female past gave start to a Bali myna five many years back, he said. The chick born July 2 is 50 %-siblings with the chick born five decades back, who is no longer at the Topeka Zoo.
Tim Hrenchir can be reached at [email protected] or 785-213-5934.