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2009, September 9.  Philippine Birds - Definitives (Reprints 2009A)

Litho Offset.  Amstar Company, Inc.  Perf. 13.5

Singles, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10);  Se-tenant Blocks of 4, Sheets of 100 (10 x 10)




  10p   Blue-Crowned Racquet-Tail - Singles  (1,300,000)


20p Se-tenant Blocks of Four  (450,000) 


  20p   Palawan Flowerpecker

  20p   Fire-Breasted Flowerpecker

  20p   Cebu Flowerpecker

  20p   Red-Keeled Flowerpecker


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


10p Blue-headed Racquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus).  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. The Blue-headed Racquet-tail was formerly included in this species.  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. Still less blue. May be part of P.d. whiteheadi;  (4)  P. d. mindorensis: Mindoro. Green forehead, hindcrown shades to violet.   It inhabits humid forests, mangroves, and cultivated areas up to 1750m. Small flocks of 5-12, but more gather at fruit trees. Eats fruit, berries, nuts and seeds. Widespread but threatened by habitat destruction and trapping.  (

20p Palawan Flowerpecker  (Prionochilus platen).  Endemic to the Philippines.  Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.   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).   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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