This beautiful bird is so secretive and rare that zoos have had to unravel its mysterious breeding habits to help it survive.
This is a striking mynah. It is all white except for black wing tips and tail ends, a gold bill and a triangular light blue patch extending from the bill and enclosing, and past, the eye. The feathers at the top of the bill are ruffled, and from the back of the head thin, white streamers cascade down to the middle of the back. Weight can be up to 180 grams.
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The Genus name, Leucopsar, is from the Greek leukos, "white" and psar, "a starling." The species name, rothschildi, is for Baron Lionel Walter Rotschild, FRS (1868-1937), a zoologist and author.
This bird is not often seen. It tends to be somewhat antagonistic and belligerent, especially during the breeding season. This particular species of mynah does not seem to be a bird call mimic, like other mynahs.
Not much is known about breeding practices in the wild. Zoo breeding, however, requires segregation of the breeding pair to prevent undue pressure on egg-laying and brood raising.