The Oriental Birding Club's magazine Forktail (no.31, 2015) reports that the Bali starling has virtually disappeared from Nusa Penida, apparently as a result of poaching. This article (p.5) is part of a larger article (P1-12) entitled 'Trade-driven extinctions and near-extinctions of avian taxa in Sundaic Indonesia', written by J.A.Eaton, C.R.Sheperd, F.E.Rheindt, J.B.C.Harris, (B) van Balen, D.S.Wilcove & N.J.Collar.
Below article on the conservation status of the Bali Starling on Nusa Penida was written by C. Kabryn Mattison, and published in ‘The Flyer’, IAATE International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, Fall 2016. She kindly gave permission for this article to be published here.
Below article discuses the 'Species Recovery Plan for the Bali Starling', by PHPA/BirdLife International & Departemen Kehutanan, August 1997.
The text below was published in 'Bali Barat National Park & Birdlife International, AZA&JWPT', a leaflet by the West Bali National Park (Taman Nasional Bali Barat, TNBB) and Birdlife International Indonesia Programme, probably in 1990. It outlines the dire predicament of the Bali Starling and plans for recovery up to 1990. The Indonesian version follows below.
In October 1990, Bas van Balen and Harwono Gepak published a report 'Captive Breeding and Restocking into the Wild of the Bali Starling Leucopsar rothschildi' (available in pdf). Bali Starling numbers in the Bali Barat National Park, the only area where the species was known to occur, decreased sharply during the previous two decades due to habitat destruction and poaching.