January 11. Philippine Birds - Definitives (New + Reprints)
Amstar Company, Inc. Perf. 13.5; Perf. 14 (100p)
of 100 (10 x 10)
"2009" New Owl Designs
Blocks of Four (Marked "2009") (187,500)
24p - Philippine
24p - Luzon
Philippine Scops Owl
24p - Spotted
4p - Blue Rock-Thrush - Singles
17p - Common Flameback - Singles (25,000)
2p - Narcissus
Flycatcher - Singles (800,000)
5p - Brown Shrike -
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
Many owls are associated with Minerva or Pallas Athene, the
goddess of wisdom. She considered the owl a sacred bird, which gave
the owl the reputation of having wisdom, and thus the saying “wise
as an owl.”
24p - Philippine Eagle Owl
(Bubo philippensis). The
Philippine Eagle Owl is a vulnerable species of bird belonging to
the Strigidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines, where found
in lowland forests on the islands of Catanduanes, Samar, Bohol,
Mindanao, Luzon, Leyte and possibly Sibuyan. It is known locally as
the “kuwago” or “bukao”. With a total length of 40–50 cm (16-20 in)
and a wing-length of about 35 cm (14 in), it is the largest owl in
the Philippines, but among the smallest members of the genus Bubo.
It is overall rufous with a lighter belly and yellow eyes. Little is
known about the behavior of this secretive species, but the powerful
feet suggest it feeds on small mammals and birds. This eagle-owl
lays one egg per clutch and has an incubation period of 35 days
24p - Luzon Cops Owl
(Otus longicornis). The Luzon Scops Owl is an owl is
endemic to Luzon, Philippines. There are no sub-species. Scops-owls
are Strigidae (typical owls) belong to the genus Otus. Approximately
45 living species are known, but new ones are frequently recognized
and unknown ones are still being discovered every few years or so.
Female scops-owls are usually larger than the males of their
species, with owls of both sexes being compact in size and shape.
All of the birds in this genus are small and agile. Scops-owls are
colored in various brownish hues, sometimes with a lighter underside
and/or face, which helps to camouflage them against the bark of
24p - Philippine
Scops Owl (Otus megalotis). The Philippine Scops Owl is a
common owl, endemic to the Philippines, belonging to the family of
the typical owls Strigidae. It is one of the sixteen owl species in
the Philippines. This owl grows to a length of 20 cm. Their big
forward-facing eyes are dark with an orange-red rim. Their crown,
ear tufts and feathers are dark brown, with dark streaks above. The
facial disk has a dark rim. The forehead has a whitish pale color.
They have big erect ears, as their name "megalotis" indicates. The
Philippine Scops Owl lives alone or in monogamous pairs. They breed
throughout the year, resulting in 1-2 eggs.
24p - Spotted Wood
Owl (Strix seloputo). The Spotted Owl has a body length of
16 - 19 inches, a 3 1/2 foot wingspan, and weighs 1 - 1 1/2 pounds.
The Spotted Owl is closely tied to old-growth forests for nest and
roost sites and the prey animals that live in this habitat. Spotted
Owls are one of the few owls that have dark colored eyes. Most owls
have eyes colored from yellow to red-orange.