August 6. Philippine Birds - Definitives (Reprints -
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5
of 100 (10 x 10)
1p Mugimaki Flycatcher
- Singles (1,300,000)
Narcissus Flycatcher - Singles (1,000,000)
Brown Shrike - Singles (1,300,000)
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
1p - The Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki).
small passerine bird of eastern Asia belonging to the genus Ficedula
in the Old World flycatcher family, Muscicapidae. The name
"mugimaki" comes from Japanese and means "wheat-sower". The bird is
also known as the Robin Flycatcher.
It is 13 to 13.5 centimetres long. It
has a rattling call and often flicks its wings and tail.
2p - The Narcissus Flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina).
A passerine bird in the Old World flycatcher family. It is native to
east Asia, from Sakhalin to the north, through Japan across through
Korea, mainland China, and Taiwan, wintering in southeast Asia,
including the Philippines and Borneo. It is highly migratory, and
has been found as a vagrant from Australia in the south to Alaska in
the north. This species primarily feeds on insects, and lives in
deciduous woodlands. Breeding males sing in repeated melodious
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