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RP Issues of 2009








2009, August 6.  Philippine Birds - Definitives  (Reprints - 2009B)

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100  (10 x 10) 






    1p   Mugimaki Flycatcher  -  Singles  (1,300,000)

    2p   Narcissus Flycatcher  -  Singles  (1,000,000)

    5p   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).  A 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 whistles.  (

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.  (




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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak


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Issues of 2009