Vanuatu Birds Definitive

Vanuatu Post's definitive Birds issue comprises 12 stamps. Vanuatu has a wide and diverse range of wildlife that varies from the elegant mangrove Heron to the tiny, flittery, streaked Fantail.
Vanuatu Birds Definitive
Sales price $25.80
Description

altVanuatu Post's definitive Birds issue comprises 12 stamps. Vanuatu has a wide and diverse range of wildlife that varies from the elegant mangrove Heron to the tiny, flittery, streaked Fantail.

The low values of the new definitive issue focus on the bush birds- the Southern Shrikebill; Sylvereye; Pacific Imperial Pigeon; Red Bellied Fruit Dove; Scrubfowl and the Long-tailed Triller.

The higher values focus on the coastal areas of the republic. The Streaked Fantail and the Drak Brown Honeyeater provide the transistion between bush and coast, and the series is completed via the Vanuatu petrel; Ruddy Turnstone; Purple Swamphen and the Striated Mangrove Heron.


altThe Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres has a fascinating migration story compared to the Vanuatu Petrel Pterodroma occulta which breeds on Vanua Lava while the Vanuatu Scrubfowl Megapodius layardi (Namalao), found on Ambryn Island, predominantly incubates its eggs in geothermally-heated soil. Nambiru or the Purple Swamphen Porphyrio Porphyrio has a very loud explosive call described as a "raucous high-pitched screech”.  The Dark-brown Honeyeater Lichmera incana is also loud and noisy in contrast to the endemic Southern Shrikebill Clytorhynchus pachycephaloides which is a beautiful songbird. Long-tailed Triller Lalage leucopyga simillima is endemic to Vanuatu and not threatened.

The Streaked Fantail Rhipidura spilodera is also endemic on all except the smallest islands from Vanua Lava to Efate. These can be compared to the Red-bellied Fruit Dove Ptilinopus greyii, which is considered to be capable of flying between islands. Of the others, the Pacific Imperial Pigeon Ducula pacifica (locally known as Nawemba) dines on fruiting native trees; the Silvereye Zosterops lateralis has a distinctive olive coloured head and white eye-ring and the Striated Mangrove Heron Butorides solomonensis reaches only 45cm in height but has interesting behavioural traits.

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Denominations
10,20,40,50,70,90,100,140,160,400,500 and 1000 vatu.
Designer
Donna Mckenna, Wellington, New Zealand
Mini Sheet size
164mm x 163.490mm containing 12 stamps
Paper
104 gsm Tullis Russell non-phosphor coated gummed stamp paper.
Perforation Gauge
14.28 x 14.28
Period of Sale
2 May 2012 for a period of 2 years.
Printer
Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process
Offset Lithography
Stamp Size
35mm x 30.8mm
Vanuatu Birds Definitive
Set
CTO Set
Souvenir Sheet
FDC 1 Set
FDC 2 Set

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