July 5, 2016 – Black-winged Starling (Sturnus melanopterus)
Endemic to Java, Bali, and several other islands in Indonesia, these starlings are Critically Endangered. They eat insects, fruits, seeds, and nectar, foraging on the ground and in trees. Nesting in tree cavities, leaf joints of palms, nest boxes, or rock crevices, they lay three to four eggs. Capture for the cage-bird trade has caused a severe population decline in recent decades, with as much as an 80% decline in the past 10 years.
This may actually be my 901st bird due to a counting error, but I drew it as 900, so I’m keeping it that way to celebrate the milestone. Thanks again to followers old and new!