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2008, March 7.  Taipei 2008 - 21st Asian International Stamp Exhibition

Featuring Philippine Birds

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

Miniature Sheets of 14


   In Se-tenant Blocks of Ten 

   7p   Mindanao Bleeding Heart Pigeon

   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


   In pairs:   7p  Philippine Eagle,  7p  Philippine Cockatoo,   7p  Java Sparrow,  7p  Blue-capped Wood Kingfisher


Miniature Sheets of 14 (8,000)  (Priced at P125 per sheet)


Designer and Graphic Artist:  Corazon T. Loza

Design Coordinator:  Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

Layout Artist:  Robinson C. Cruza


First Day Covers:  Manila






The 21st Asian International Stamp Exhibition (Taipei 2008) was held from  March 7 – 11, 2008, at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 3.  Twenty-six member countries of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP) participated with more than two hundred exhibits. More than 1,000 frames of stamps cherished by collectors was  on display.  Organized by Taiwan Post, Chinese Taipei Philatelic Federation and Taiwan External Trade Development Council.  The Asian International Stamp Exhibition is held every two years.

7p  Mindanao Bleeding Heart Pigeon  (Gallicolumba criniger).  Endemic to the Philippines, where it is known from Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Dinagat, Mindanao and Basilan.  

7p  Nicobar Pigeon  (Caloenas nicobarica).  With its iridescent emerald green, copper, and blue plumage and long, ornamental neck feathers known as hackles, the Nicobar Pigeon is one of the most beautiful species of Pigeon in the World.

7p  Black-chinned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus leclancheri).  This species has a large range, with an estimated global Extent of Occurrence of 100,000-1,000,000 km˛. The global population size has not been quantified, is described as 'uncommon' in at least parts of its range. 

7p  Metallic Pigeon  (Columba vitiensis).  Also known as White-throated Pigeon, medium-sized of up to 37cm long. Distributed to tropical forests of eastern Indonesia, the Philippines, New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, Samoa and surrounding southwest Pacific islands.

7p  Pink-necked Green Pigeon  (Treron vernans).  The only Green Pigeons found commonly outside the primary forest. They prefer habitats with trees that provide fruits as well as a safe perch including mangroves, scrub, secondary forest, forest edge.


7p  Amethyst Brown Dove  (Phapitreron amethystina).  The Amethyst Brown-dove is a species of bird in the Columbidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.


7p  Grey Imperial Pigeon  (Ducula pickeringii).  Found mostly in small islands off Palawan, Mindanao and in the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines.  Early reports describe it as plentiful at several localities, however, recent reports indicate a significant decrease in its population.


7p  Red Turtle Dove  (Streptopelia tranquebarica).  Red turtle-doves live in flat areas and mountain areas ranging from 660-880 meters above sea level. These birds have black beaks and black outer feathers on their backs and wing tips. They live together in large flocks.  

7p  Pied Imperial Pigeon  (Ducula bicolor).  A large pigeon with white head and chest, black on the outer wings and tail, black bars under the tail and a white rump, and yellow bill.   Usually seen in flocks, sometimes singly or small groups, particularly early and then again late in the day.


7p  Spotted-Imperial Pigeon  (Ducula carola).  Endemic to the Philippines.  Since 1980, there have been records from 12 sites on Luzon, Mindoro and Mindanao.  By 1990s, it had become rare and local in the Sierra Madre mountains, although flocks of 20 were still recorded regularly at Angat Dam.


7p  Philippine Eagle  (Pithecophaga jefferyi).  The Philippine Eagle can be found in rainforests of four major Philippine islands - Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao; the largest number of eagles reside on Mindanao. 

7p  Philippine Cockatoo  (Cacatua haematuropygia).  Philippine cockatoo belongs to Psittacidae or the family of parrots. Cockatoos are treetop, hole-nesting birds which have a massive scimitar-like beak for cracking nuts, digging up roots, or prying grubs from wood.


7p  Java Sparrow  (Padda oryzivora).  Java Sparrows are large, full-bodied finches. They have impressive beaks that look like they could do some serious damage, however, they are harmless.  Despite their large size and formidable beak, Javas are peaceful birds.


7p  Blue-capped Wood-Kingfisher  (Actenoides hombroni).  Uncommon Mindanao endemic, poorly known and hard to see. Generally quiet and perches in dark recesses in the understorey.  





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