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RP Issues of 2008







2008, October 23.  Jakarta 2008 Stamp Exhibition - Philippine Birds

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 14.

Se-tenant Blocks, Miniature Sheets of 17 (7p x 17) 




   7p   Brahminy Kite

   7p   Olive-Backed Sunbird   

   7p   Purple-Throated Sunbird

   7p   Metallic-Winged Sunbird

   7p   Grey-Headed Fish-Eagle

   7p   Plain-Throated Sunbird

   7p   Lina's Sunbird

   7p   Apo Sunbird  

   7p   Copper-Throated Sunbird

   7p   Flaming Sunbird

   7p   Grey-Hooded Sunbird  

   7p   Lovely Sunbird

   7p  Crested Serpent-Eagle   

   7p   Philippine Hawk-Eagle

   7p   Blue-Crowned Racquet-Tail

   7p   Philippine Eagle-Owl

   7p   Common Flameback


Miniature Sheets of 17  (6,500)   (Priced at P150 per sheet)



Designer and Graphic Artists:  Corazon T. Loza

Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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




7p - Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus) - common in open areas often near water, but also in mountains. They fly with their wings held forward and slightly bent at wrist. They call with distinctive nasal ah-a-eeehhh. 

7p - Olive-Backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) - most common lowland sunbird usually found in coconut plantations. Female sunbird has uniform olive green upper parts and uniform yellow underparts. They call che-wheeeeet or a loud, clear sweeet sweeet... 

7p - Purple-Throated Sunbird (Nectarinia sperata) - common in lowlands in mangroves, coconut groves and cultivated areas. Call a metallic spee-spit or pee-pit. 

7p - Metallic-Winged Sunbird (Aethopyga pulcherrima) - common in forest, medium small, short-tailed sunbird, sexes differ, races vary by amount and shade of metallic color on wings. 

7p - Grey-Headed Fish-Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) - are found in fresh water marshes, lakes and rivers through forest and remote forest-rimmed bays. They have long neck and legs. They call unique cackling/yodeling concluded by loud aaawwwwwwwhhhhhh. 

7p - Plain-Throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) - common in coconut groves, mangroves, second growth near coast. 

7p - Lina's Sunbird (Aethopyga linaraborae) - common in mountains of east Mindanao. It has narrow yellow throat and longer tail than Metallic-winged Sunbird. 

7p - Apo Sunbird (Aethopyga boltoni) - common in mountain forests in south, central and northwestern Mindanao. They have long tail and narrow yellow throat. 

7p - Copper-Throated Sunbird (Nectarinia calcostetha) - common, particularly in mangroves, but also occurs in gardens and cultivated areas near the shore. 

7p - Flaming Sunbird (Aethopyga flagrans) - uncommon in forest edge. They have fiery orange wedge parting black throat and breast and metallic blue green forehead that separates male from more common male Olive-Backed Sunbird. Female has grayish olive underparts. 

7p - Grey-Hooded Sunbird (Aethopyga primigenius) - common, known only from Mt. Apo, Kitanglad, Hilong-Hilong and north central mountains. Grey head appears to be a hood, contrasting with white belly. Call continuous high pitched metallic pink-pink-pink. 

7p - Lovely Sunbird (Aethopyga shelleyi) - common, particularly in Palawan, in cultivated areas, thickets, forest, and edge below 2000 m 

7p - Crested Serpent-Eagle (Spilornis cheela) - common, soaring over forest from lowland to over 2000 m. Holds wings slightly forward and with slight dihedral. Underwing has prominent broad white band near trailing edge. Call loud, lazy whistled seeee-ap weep weep or aahh-e-a reep. 

7p - Philippine Hawk-Eagle (Spizaetus philippensis) - Uncommon in forest from the lowlands to over 1900 m. Perches in dense canopy, soars regularly, presence often revealed by its distinctive 2-note call wheet wit. 

7p - Blue-Crowned Racquet-Tail (Prioniturus discurus) -  Fairly common in forest, edge and adjacent cultivated areas up to 1500 m or higher except where it meets Montane Racquet-tail. Blue on upperparts restricted to top of head. 

7p - Philippine Eagle-Owl (Bubo philippensis) - Uncommon, poorly known, occurs in forest and forest edge often near water and coconut plantations with patches of second growth. Large and bulky with floppy, rather inconspicuous ear trufts and huge yellow eyes. Call plaintive aheeehhh or eeehhh repeated every four seconds, or a low deep hoo hoo hoo at 4 hoos per second over 10 to 15 sec. 

7p - Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) - Uncommon in forest, open woodlands, and coconut plantations, alone or in pairs. Call varied with kowp-owp-owp-owp in flight, 1- or 2-note kow while perched, and long harsh churrrrrr or ka-di-di-di-di-di rattling call.




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