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RP Issues of 2009










2009, March 13.  Philippine Birds - Definitives

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5;  Perf. 14  (100p)

Singles, Sheets of 100  (10 x 10) (5p);  Singles, Sheets of 50 (10 x 5)  (100p)




     5p   Brown Shrike -  Singles  (800,000)

5p Reprint marked "2009A"  (May 25, 2009)  (350,000)

5p Reprint marked "2009B"  (August 6, 2009)  (1,300,000)

5p Reprint marked "2009C"  (January 11, 2010)  (1,000,000)

 100p   Philippine Hawk Eagle  -  Singles  (75,000)


100p Reprint marked "2009A"  (June 8, 2009)  (35,000)

100p Reprint marked "2009B"  (August 27, 2009)  (70,000)

100p Reprint marked "2009C"  (November 24, 2009)  (20,000)



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



Official FDC Envelopes:  400 issued at P113 each



5p Brown Shrike The Brown Shrike is a small shrike. Like its relatives, it is long-tailed, and perches quite upright. The adult male's upper parts and crown are darkish brown. The face is white with the typical shrike black "bandit-mask" through the eye.  Underparts are yellowish buff, although the hues vary somewhat between the different races. Its call is a harsh chatter that pierces the early morning air. Females are less contrasted and have a greyer crown. Immature Brown Shrikes are scalloped on the underparts.They feed on a large number of insects and especially lepidoptera.  (

100p Philippine Hawk Eagle - While only a medium-sized hawk-eagle, this inhabitant of the Philippines has a striking appearance due to its long crest of four or five feathers, up to seven centimetres long, protruding from its crown. The plumage on the upperparts is dark brown, and the dark brown tail is striped with four to five darker, narrow bands. The head and under-parts are reddish-brown with black streaking, and the throat is whitish. The wings are broad and rounded and barred flight feathers can be seen in flight.  (




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Issues of 2009