Husbandry Guidelines For the Bali Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi) Species Survival Plan


Dierenfeld, E.S. (1995) Nutrition. In: Husbandry guidelines for the Bali Mynah (Leucopsar rothschildi) Species Survival Plan. J. Pichner Ed., American Association of Zoos and Aquariums

NB: The manual has never been formally ‘published’ but instead remains in continual review, with updated material available online via the Avian Scientific Advisory Group website (


Like other members of the family Sturnidae, Bali mynahs are omnivorous. Preferred food items in the wild include seasonally available fruits of native trees and shrubs, a variety of insects and even small reptiles. Historically, they have been maintained in captivity on a multitude of diets, most being a mix of chopped or diced fruit and high-protein items such as dog or trout chow or mynah pellets, along with bits of raw meat (ground beef, Bird-of-Prey diet) and hard boiled egg. Bali mynahs, as well as many other captive birds, are susceptible to hemochromatosis or “iron storage disease” (see Health section). The complete etiology of this disease is unknown. However, one theory proposes that it is associated with high levels of iron in the diet.

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