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RP Issues of 2008







2008, December 22.  Philippine Birds Definitive Issue (2008, 2009A)

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

Se-tenant Blocks of Ten,  Se-tenant Blocks of Four, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)



Se-tenant Blocks of Ten  (2008) (150,000)


    7p   Mindanao Bleeding Heart Dove 

   7p   Nicobar Pigeon 

   7p   Black-chinned Fruit Dove 

   7p   Metallic Pigeon 

   7p   Pink-necked Green Pigeon 

   7p   Amethyst Brown Dove 

   7p   Grey Imperial Pigeon 

   7p   Red Turtle Dove 

   7p   Pied Imperial Pigeon 

   7p   Spotted Imperial Pigeon 


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


Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (2008A) (375,000)


  26p   Great-billed Parrot

  26p   Philippine Cockatoo

  26p   Blue-napped Parrot

  26p   Azure-rumped Parrot


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


Designer and Graphic Artist:  Corazon T. Loza

Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Layout Artist:  Robinson C. Cruza


Designs:  Various species of pigeons.  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



7p Mindanao Bleeding - Heart Doves (Gallicolumba criniger).  The Mindanao Bleeding-heart Doves are rare and found in the forest running on the ground, singly or in pairs. Distinctive on their three grey wing bars, chestnut back and secondary wing features, white throat extending around large deep orange red patch on breast and cinnamon belly and undertail coverts.

 7p Nicobar Pigeon (Caloenas nlcobarica).  Nicobar Pigeons are rare and local on small, forested inhabited island, hardly ever on larger ones and they are usually along the coast. Walks and feeds on the ground but will flush up into the canopy.

7p Black-chinned Fruit Dove (Ptillnopus leclancheri). Black-chinned Fruit Doves are uncommon in forest patches up to 1500 meters but maybe common on small islands like the Batan Island of Batanes.  

7p Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis).  Metallic Pigeons are uncommon, but may be locally common on small to large islands in forest and forest edge, alone, in pairs or in small groups up to about 1500 meters.  Shy flushes with loud wing  clapping.  They are large with all dark grey or blackish plumage with purple or green iridescence and light grey throat.

7p Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans).  Pink-necked Green Pigeons are uncommon, in lowlands from mangroves, cultivated areas, and forest, usually in groups. The male is unmistakable with pinkish and orange breast and dark rufous undertail coverts. Female pink-necked green pigeon can be differentiated from other green-pigeons through their yellow belly and one yellow wing bar and by pale golden green upper tail coverts.

7p Amethyst Brown-Dove (Phapitreron amethystine).  Amethyst Brown Doves are common locally, in forest and forest edge up to 2000 meters, singly or in pairs. In Mindanao, it tends to be more common at elevations above 1000 meters. This kind of dove has larger bill, less conspicuous white "ear", violet upper back, and cinnamon undertail coverts separate it from White-eared Brown Dove. Dark eared - Brown Dove lacks white line below eye.  

7p Grey Imperial - Pigeon (Ducula pickeringil).  Grey Imperial Pigeons are common, but local on remote forested islets in the canopy in fairly large groups. They travel between small islets to feed, apparently depending on leaves and available fruits for food.   

7p Red Turtle Dove (Streptopelle tranquebarica).  Red Turtle Doves are fairly common in open country or lawns feeding on the ground or resting in trees or on telephone wires, usually in pairs or small groups. A plump short-tailed ground dove, with indicative narrow black collar.  

7p Pied Imperial Pigeon (Ducula bicolor).  Pied Imperial Pigeons are common along the coast and offshore islands in mangrove and lowland forest, in small to large flocks.  Roosts and nests communally. They are easily identified by distinctive black and white plumage. They can only be confused with black and white patterns of some domestic Rock Doves.  

7p Spotted Imperial Pigeon (Ducula carola).  Spotted Imperial-Pigeons are uncommon and local from lowland forest to mossy forest to 2500 meters, usually in groups.  Distinctive of white crescent and dark grey lower breast separating light grey upper breast and chestnut belly and blackish spots on wings and back.  

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.  They are distributed to tropical forests with diet consisting mainly of fruits.   

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.  

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.    

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.





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