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RP Issues of 2009







2009, June 2.  Philippine Birds - Definitives

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)  Se-tenant Blocks of 4 (25 Blocks per sheet)





  3p   Mountain Verditer Flycatcher  -  Singles  (100,000)

  4p   Blue Rock Thrush  -  Singles  (50,000)


3p Reprint marked "2009A"  (August 13, 2009)  (200,000)

3p Reprint marked "2009B"  (January 12, 2010)  (120,000)


4p Reprint marked "2009A"  (August 13, 2009)  (200,000)

4p Reprint marked "2009B"  (January 11, 2010)  (50,000)


20p Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (50,000) 


  20p   Palawan Flowerpecker

  20p   Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker

  20p   Cebu Flowerpecker

  20p   Red-Keeled Flowerpecker


20p x 4  Reprint marked "2009A"  (September 9, 2009)  (450,000 SB/4)


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


Note:  At the same time this was issued, the re-print of the  March 9, 2009 1p and 2p Birds, marked "2009A", were also issued.

3p Mountain Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias panayensis nigrimentalis).  Common in forest, from near the ground to the canopy, above 800 m.   Found mostly in Luzon and Mindoro - Mts. Iglit-Baco [Catibog-Sinha 1986].

4p Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius).  A member of the thrush family Turdidae. This species breeds in southern Europe and northwest Africa, and from central Asia to northern China and Malaysia. The European, North African and Southeast Asian birds are mainly resident. Other Asian populations are more migratory, wintering in sub-Saharan Africa, India and Southeast Asia. The Blue Rock is a large thrush, 8-9 inches in length with a long slim bill. The summer male is unique, with all blue-gray plumage apart from its darker wings. Females and young are much less stunning, with dark brown upper body, and paler brown scaly undersides. (

20p Palawan Flowerpecker  (Prionochilus platen).  A species of bird in the Dicaeidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.  Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.  Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion.  Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid.  (  (  

20p Fire-breasted Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus). A species of bird in the Dicaeidae family.  It is found in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.  (

20p Cebu Flowerpecker (Dicaeum quadricolor). A small passerine bird. It is endemic to Cebu Island in the Philippines.   It is a critically endangered breeding bird. It was feared to have become extinct early in the 20th century after the clearance of most of the island's forests, but was rediscovered in 1992 in a small patch of limestone forest in the Central Cebu Protected Landscape and has since been found at three other sites, namely, the Nug-as forest of Alcoy, Mount Lantoy of Argao and the forests of Dalaguete. Other possible sites for this species are in Malabuyoc. The current population is estimated to be between 85 and 105. (

20p Red-Keeled Flowerpecker (Dicaeum haematostictum).  Also known as the Visayan Flowerpecker, is a species of bird in the Dicaeidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.  Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, and rural gardens. It is threatened by habitat loss.  (





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Issues of 2009