As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Chester Zoo helps Bali starling release project

One of the rarest birds in the world has been released back into the wild, with help from conservationists from Chester Zoo.

Illegal poaching of the Bali starling reduced its native population to an estimated six birds in 2001.
Conservation breeding efforts on the Indonesian island have seen a small recovery to between 50 and 115.

Dr Roger Wilkinson, Chester Zoo's head of field conservation and research, said it was a "momentous moment".

He said the release of four pairs was the first time the birds had been introduced into the wild in central Bali.

"The area was specially picked as it was well protected and had staff able to monitor the rare birds," he said.

"Quite a crowd turned out as most people local to the area had never seen a live Bali starling before."


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