Border birds

FLIGHT September 2013 – Volume 28 No. 1

Portugal - 23.6.08 - International polar year

I listed the set of 4 values associated with this MS in September 2008 FLIGHT (wrongly dated 23.6.06) but missed the birds at the top of the surrounds on the miniature sheet. They are Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea - just the same as the 1€ top value in the set.

Solomon Islands - 15.3.13

The bird on the stamp is listed as Golden Whistler, Pachycephala pectoris, but this multi-race species has recently been split into 9 distinct species and the birds shown here are Oriole Whistler, Pachycephala orioloides.
In the surrounds we have:
Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis - and
Yellow-faced Myna Mino dumontii.

Cape Verde Islands - 2012 - Fauna & flora - 100e MS

The raptor in the right-hand surrounds is Common Buzzard, Buteo buteo - the same image as is on the separate 10e stamp.

Niger - 1.3.13 - Various bird issues

These issues are of marginal quality, but they do depict native birds and Niger’s recent bird stamp issuing has been modest, so I am including the border birds in FLIGHT listings. I should appreciate help with the uncertainties.

Pigeons and Doves - MS

In the lower left corner there is a fine Rock Dove, Columbia livia. In the lower right corner there is a Laughing Dove, Streptopelia senegalensis, which is correctly so inscribed. However, the bird to its left at lower centre shows a black partial collar and the best fit is African Collared-Dove, Streptopelia rosea. The bird images at centre and top right also appear to be streptopelia species. But I can’t find a good id fit for them.

Birds of prey - Sheet of 4

At lower left we have Bateleur, Terathopius ecaudatus and at lower right, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Hieraaetus ayresii.

Birds of Prey - MS

The only mystery here is on the stamp itself. It is inscribed as Falco naumanni = Lesser Kestrel, which it certainly is not, but I can’t match it with any other West African species so it remains ‘unidentified’. In the surrounds, the left hand bird is African Fish-Eagle, Haliaeetus vocifer The right hand bird is Wahlberg’s Eagle, Hieraaetus wahlbergi.

Owls - Set of 4

Flying in the lower surrounds is a Short-eared Owl, Asio flammeus.

Owls - MS

The upper bird in the surrounds is a Barn Owl, Tyto alba. The lower bird is another Short-eared Owl.

Parrots - MS

Some of the colouring is on the lurid side but the identities are clear enough:
Lower left - Senegal Parrot, Poicephalus senegalus
Lower right - Gray Parrot, Psittacus erithacus
Upper right - Rose-ringed Parakeet, Psittaculus krameri

Sunbirds - Sheet of 4

In lower centre surrounds - Splendid Sunbird, Cinnyris coccinigaster
In lower right surrounds - Pygmy Sunbird, Hedyptera platura

Sunbirds - MS

In upper right surrounds - Pygmy Sunbird, Hedyptera platura
In lower right (head) and upper left surrounds - Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchellus
In lower left surrounds - Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Chalcomitra senegalensis

Herons - Sheet of 4

The lower left bird is Striated Heron, Butorides striatus.
The lower right bird is more problematic. It is inscribed ‘Butorides virescens’ = Green Heron. It is a reasonable match for this (New World) species and not a good match for any West African species so I have to leave it as inscribed. The confusion may have arisen because the New World subspecies of B.striatus were transferred to B.virescens. Some years ago.

Herons - MS

Clockwise from top right we have:
Rufous-bellied Heron, Ardeola rufiventris;
Gray Heron, Ardea cinerea;
Glossy Ibis, Plegadis falcinellus;
Black-crowned Night-Heron, Nycticorax nycticorax;
Western Reef Heron, Egretta gularis;
Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis.

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