2008, September 4. Philippine Birds - Definitive Issue
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13 1/2
Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)
1p Black-naped Oriole (2008A) - Singles (1,000,000)
2p Asian Fairy Bluebird (2008A) - Singles (500,000)
Note: Originally a 2007 issue,
reprinted earlier this year marked "2008" and now with "2008A".
Designer and Graphic Artists: Corazon T. Loza,
Design Coordinator: Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak
Layout Artist: Robinson C. Cruza
Designs: All pictures taken from the book "A Guide to the
Birds of the Philippines" by Robert S. Kennedy, Pedro C. Gonzales,
Edward C. Dickinson, Hector C. Miranda, Jr., and Timothy H. Fisher.
First Day Covers: Manila
1p Black-naped Oriole (Orio/us chinensis)
Black naped-Oriole are common and widespread in early second
growth, open scrub and gardens, alone or in groups. It has a
distinctive black and bright yellow plumage and its large size
separates it from other species of orioles. This bird is fairly tame
and noisy and can be heard from far away. Loud and pleasant pee-yaaaaooww
or keeaaaooww call are repeated every few seconds often with several
birds calling together.
2p Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella).
conspicuous in forest canopy in lowlands and middle elevations,
singly or in small groups. The male has a unique brilliant blue and
velvety black plumage. This bird calls a loud series of snapping
whistles wavering whip whip whip-aaww or weeep weeep weee paw.