13 May 2013

New stamps on Birds




The post of French Polynesia issued a set of three stamps dedicated to the Polynesian fauna and flora. The stamps depict a lemon, a lizard and a munia. Munia is a resident breeding bird in Africa and in South Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Indonesia and the Philippines. The species in this genus are similar in size and structure, with stubby bills, stocky bodies and long tails. Most are 10–12 cm in length.

Plumage is usually a combination of browns, black and white, with the sexes similar, but duller and less contrasted for immature birds. The nest is a large domed grass structure into which 4 to 10 white eggs are laid. Some species also build communal roosting nests for overnight rest.

The other stamps of this set are shown below featuring lemon and a lizard.

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Swiss Post issued a stamp dedicated to the white stork.The white stork (Ciconiaciconia) is a large bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. Its plumage is mainly white, with black on its wings. Adults have long red legs and long pointed red beaks, and measure on average 100–115 cm from beak tip to end of tail, with a 155–215 cm wingspan. The white stork is a long-distance migrant, wintering in Africa from tropical Sub-Saharan Africa to as far south as South Africa, or on the Indian subcontinent.



Date of Issue: 5th June 2013

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