The main way Bali mynahs communicate with each other is by vocalizing. They whistle and squawk repetitively, often bobbing their head up and down at the same time. Mynahs flock together during the dry season on Bali, and vocalizing is very important at this time.
Status 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.
Bali mynahs are among the rarest birds in the world. Like many island species, Bali mynahs are easily threatened with extinction because they live in small, clumped groups. Bali has been heavily deforested so now there is much less habitat for birds to nest in. But the main threat to Bali mynahs is the illegal pet trade.
The Bali Mynah is classified as "Critically Endangered" by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Listed on Appendix I of CITES