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Bali's for the Birds

30 Rare Bali Starlings Released Back into the Wild.

(12/29/2007) Indonesia's Forestry Minister, MS Kaban, released 30 rare and endangered Bali Starlings (Jalak Putih or Leocopsar Rothschild) at the West Bali National Park on December 9, 2007 during his attendance at the United Nation's Framework Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Minister issued a warning on the precious bird's future, saying, "if we do not supervise and guard these birds they will become extinct."

The bird release was done in two areas with 15 birds released at Brumbun and 15 more near Munsun. The brief ceremony was witnessed by local park officials and 20 international delegates attending the UNFCCC.

All the birds released back into the wild were fitted with miniature radio beacons so their future movement and welfare can be monitored by scientists.