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RP Issues of 2009










2009, March 23.  Philippine Birds - Definitives

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100  (10 x 10)  (8p, 9p, 10p, 17p);  Singles, Sheets of 50  (10 x 5)  (50p)







     8p   Apo Myna  -  Singles  (100,000)

     9p   Crested Serpent Eagle  -  Singles  (800,000)

   10p   Blue-Crowned Racquet-Tail  -  Singles  (1,000,000)

   17p   Common Flameback -  Singles  (200,000)

   50p   Grey-headed Fish Eagle - Singles  (60,000)

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

  8p Reprint marked "2009B"  (August 17, 2009)  (300,000)

  8p Reprint marked "2009C"  (January 12, 2010)  (250,000) 


  9p Reprint marked "2009A"  (June 8, 2009)  (125,000)

  9p Reprint marked "2009B"  (August 10, 2009)  (1,100,000)

  9p Reprint marked "2009C"  (January 12, 2010)  (600,000) 


10p Reprint marked "2009A"  (September 9, 2009)  (1,300,000)

10p Reprint marked "2009B"  (December 28, 2009)  (1,000,000)


17p Reprint marked "2009A"  (August 13, 2009)  (200,000)

17p Reprint marked "2009B"  (January 11, 2010)  ( 25,000)

50p Reprint marked "2009A"  (June 8, 2009)  (35,000)

50p Reprint marked "2009B"  (August 27, 2009)  (70,000)

50p Reprint marked "2009C"  (November 24, 2009)  (20,000)



Design:  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 P102 each

Apo Myna (Basilornis mirandus) is a species of starling in the Sturnidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.  Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests. It is becoming rare due to habitat loss.  The mynas is a group of passerine birds which occur naturally only in southern and eastern Asia. Several species have been introduced to areas like North America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, especially the Common Myna which is often regarded as an invasive species.  (

Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela or Kanmuri-washi)  is a bird of prey. The Philippine Serpent Eagle (S. holospila) is sometimes included here as a subspecies. The Crested Serpent Eagle can be found in a large geographical region from South Asia, including Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka, to  Southeast Asia, extending to southern China and Indonesia. This forest bird nests in treetops near fresh water. Its nests are constructed with sticks and contain not more than a single egg at a time.  .  (

Blue-headed Racquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus) is a parrot found on all the larger islands of the Philippines not starting with "P" (i.e., not Palawan or Panay). It is 27cm, basically green with a blue crown, bluish undertail, whitish beak, and dark underwings with green coverts. There are three or four subspecies:  (1) P. d. discurus: Jolo, Mindanao, Olutanga, Basiilan, Guimara, Luzon;  (2)  P. d. whiteheadi: Negros, Bohol, Samar, Leyte, Masbate, Cebu. Less blue on crown;  (3)  P. d. nesophilus: Tablas, Sibuyan, Catanduanes. (

Common Flameback or Common Goldenback (Dinopium javanense) is a species of bird in the Picidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.  A medium-sized, golden-backed woodpecker with long and solid black moustachial stripes. Both sexes have black eyestripes joined to black rear neck stripe.  (

Grey-headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus) is a  bird of prey. Like all eagles, it is in the family Accipitridae.  Grey-headed Fish Eagle breeds in southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka to south east Asia and the Philippines. It is a forest bird which builds a stick nest in a tree near water and lays two to four eggs.  It is a largish stocky raptor at about 70-75cm in length.   ( 




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