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Good News from Grey-backed Myna in East Java!

On August 2018 updated their content, one of them is the Black-winged Myna (Acridotheres melanopterus).

Splitted into three species such as the earlier nominate race, Grey-backed Myna (A. tricolor), and Grey-rumped Myna (A. tertius).

Three of them placed as Critically Endangered by IUCN-redlist, the most problems of declining population is massive hunting and poaching in their wild habitat.

Read: One-day Birding Trips in Baluran National Park

We have a good news of Grey-backed Myna this month by encounters their successful breeding in one of the remaining safe area.

For two days in the end of rainy season, we get a good and bright weather.

Two chicks Grey-backed Myna looking out from it's nest

This endemic to eastern part of Java island known nested on February and June in east of java island and there are no more information about the breeding period (

The birds that we encountered use hole in dead palm tree, around Baluran NP, East Java on March 15-16, 2019. Height of nest is about 10 meters away from ground level.

The nest hole is not circular, instead it tends to be rectangular with dimensions of around 8x17 cm. Inside the hole nest we saw 2 young birds those who are ready to fledgling can be seen from their complete feathers.

We observed quite far from the nest.

One of two adult Grey-backed Myna picked cricket for their chicks

Adults are always close to the nest and look for meals for their chicks no more than a 500-meter radius from the nest.

We saw one of the adult picked small insect like a cricket on the ground around the palm trees.