Hi, I'm Andrew and I’m just a simple 19 year old guy and zoology student that posts random factoids about obscure animals and general animal science/zoology/biology stuff so if you like animals this is the place for you, if you only like cute animals this is not the place for you… Also I can ID any animals you might need identified (just submit them to me).

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Family Polioptilidae: A family of passerine birds commonly known as "Gnatcatchers". All gnatcatchers are native to the New World, being found in both North and South America. Gnatcatchers are close relatives of the wrens and some species are known as "Gnatwrens".

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Bali Myna (Leucopsar rothschildi)

also known as the Bali Starling or Jalak Myna the Bali Myna is a species of passeriform bird related to starlings. This species as you might of guessed from its common name is only found on the island of Bali in Indonesia  Unlike their starling relatives this bird is rarely seen on the ground, only coming down from its treetop cover to drink, this is probably an adaption to its bright white coloration as it is easily noticeable to predators on the ground. Bali mynas are usually found in groups where they work together to find food and warn each other for predators. Despite the birds cautious lifestyle the Bali myna is critically endangered and almost extinct in the wild, due to small population size and illegal bird trade. However several breeding programs are now working to save the species!

Phylogeny

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