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RP Issues of 2009








2009, August 13.  Philippine Birds - Definitives (Reprints 2009A)

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100  (10 x 10) 








     3p   Mountain Verditer Flycatcher - Singles  (200,000)

     4p   Blue Rock Thrush - Singles  (200,000)

   17p   Common Flameback  Singles  (200,000)


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



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, Philippines 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. (

 17p - Common Flameback or Common Goldenback (Dinopium javanense).   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. Male has red, female black crown. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.   (





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