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RP Issues of 2008







2008, October 10 & 16.  Philippine Birds - Definitive Issue  (2008B)

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

Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10) 




    1p   Black-naped Oriole (2008B) - Singles (1,750,000) (October 16)
    2p   Asian Fairy Bluebird (2008B) - Singles (1,000,000) (October 10)

Note:  Originally a 2007 issue, reprinted earlier this year marked "2008A" and now with "2008B".

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



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).  Common and 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.





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