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RP Issues of 2008







2008, September 23.  Philippine Birds - Definitive Issue (2008, 2008A)

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13 1/2

Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10) 





   5p  Barn Swallow (2008) -  Singles  (1,250,000)


Se-tenant Blocks of 4  (2008) (437,500)

  26p   Great-billed Parrot

  26p   Philippine Cockatoo

  26p   Blue-napped Parrot

  26p   Azure-rumped Parrot

Note:  This is a reprint of the 2007 Birds issues with "2008"  instead of "2007"


   10p   Blue-winged Pitta (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,  Edward Gaspay

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


5p Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica).  Barn Swallows are abundant visitors recorded from late July to early June, in a range of habitats from the coast to above the forest in high mountains. They are fast, graceful flyers that may be close to the ground or high in the sky. Deeply forked tail, dark breast band, and whitish or buff underparts that separates it from resident Pacific Swallow. Barn Swallows call musical twittering.


26p  Great-billed Parrot  (Tanygnathus megalorynchos).    The Great-billed Parrot is a medium-sized, up to 38cm long, green parrot with massive red bill, yellow iris, blackish shoulders, olive green back, pale blue rump and yellowish green below. Both sexes are similar. The female is smaller than male.  They are distributed to tropical forests with diet consisting mainly of fruits.  Widespread throughout its large range, the Great-billed Parrot is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 


26p  Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia).   The Philippine cockatoo is such a beautiful parrot, with perfect creamy white plumage, it is of little wonder that it is threatened by collection for the pet trade. It has contrasting orangey-red feathers on the underside of the tail, blending into a deep yellow, and its crest feathers and cheeks are tinged with varying amounts of pale yellow and rose pink. The bill is greyish-white, and males have dark brown irises, while those of the female are brownish-red.  It is a noisy bird that makes loud raucous calls; a sound that is almost deafening when several birds are calling simultaneously.


26p   Blue-naped Parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis).   The Blue-naped Parrot is found throughout the Philippines.  It is a medium size parrot (31 cm), primarily green except for a light blue rear crown and nape, pale blue lower back and rump, scalloped shoulders with orange-brown on black coverts, and blackish underwings with green underwing coverts.   It is found in secondary forests to scattered trees up to 1000m. Flock size is usually under a dozen. They feed on berries, seeds, nuts and grain. Habitat loss and trapping have made them scarce on most islands except Mindoro and Palawan.  


26p   Azure-rumped Parrot (Tanygnathus sumatranus).   The Blue-backed Parrot is also known as Müller's (or Mueller's) Parrot, or Azure Rumped Parrot. It is a parrot found the on the islands around the Philippines and Sulawesi (Indonesia).  It is of medium size (32cm), basically green with yellow-streaked wings, a blue rump, and blue wing bends. The head, mantle, wings and tail are darker-green, the belly and collar are lighter green. It is sexually dimorphic (most parrots aren't), with the male having a red beak and the female a pale yellow or horn colored beak. 


10p  Blue-winged Pitta  (Pitta moluccensis). The Blue-winged Pitta, Pitta moluccensis, is a species of bird in the Pittidae family. It is found in Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitat is subtropical and tropical moist lowland forests. 




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