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FLIGHT December 2010 – Volume 25 No. 2
COMORO ISLANDS 5.9.09 PIGEONS - Miniature sheet

The birds on the 3000f stamp are Tambourine Dove, Turtur tympanistria.

In the surrounds, from left to right, we have:
Comoro Pigeon, Columba polleni
Rock Pigeon, Columba livia
Ring-necked Dove, Streptopelia capicola

SWEDEN 2010 NORDEN Coast - Stamp & miniature sheet

The right-hand stamp shows some Black-headed Gulls - Chroicocephalus ridibundus. It also shows another (unidentified) gull species in the lower right foreground.

The birds in the border are also unidentified gulls. They could be Herring Gulls but there are no sufficient distinguishing marks shown.


The left-hand stamp on this sheet (featuring Emperor and Gentoo Penguins) was listed in FLIGHT for June 2010. As well as the Emperor Penguin appearing in the left-hand border of the sheet, there is a flying bird in the border which I have blown up separately. The silhouette suggests a Skua (or Jaeger) and the best fit for range and coloration is the pale morph of South Polar Skua, Stercorarius maccormicki.

"The white bird in the border of the Indian Antarctic issue is Snow Petrel, and you can find the original photograph if you use Google.
Chris Gibbins"
Thank you Chris. I shall correct the id. in the March 2011 issue of FLIGHT.
Roger Chapman

IRELAND 29.7.10 Birds of Prey

The attitudes of the birds on the stamps are repeated with the same species in the border. Additionally, the border contains a distinctive flying Red Kite, Milvus milvus.

COMORO ISLANDS 5.9.09 PARROTS Miniature Sheet

As well as appearing on the stamp, Black Parrot, Coreopsis nigra is the centre bird in the surrounds. The two outer birds in the surrounds are Gray-headed Lovebird, Agapornis canus.

KOREA (NORTH) 9.4.10 BIRDPEX 6, 2nd issue - Miniature Sheet and Booklet Pane

This second issue consisted of a sheet of 3 stamps + 3 labels plus a booklet pane of 3 stamps + 3 labels. On the sheet, the top centre label shows European Honey-buzzard, Pernis apivorus and in the lower surrounds there are a pair of Red-billed Ducks, Anas erythrorhyncha. On the booklet pane the bird label shows King Penguin, Aptenodytes patagonicus. None of these ‘off-stamp’ images shows a bird native to North Korea


Surinam continues its policy of batching a range of bird stamps in sheets and throwing in a set of labels for good measure. These labels tend to be smaller than the stamps and not so clearly drawn or coloured. However, the label on this 2009 sheetlet is clear enough as a Spangled Cotinga, Cotinga cayana.

SURINAM 26.5.10

The labels on this sheet are more problematic. Some identifications are offered below. I should appreciate some help with these.

White-eyed Parakeet, Aratinga leucophthalma
(Shown as Dotted Tanager in December FLIGHT.)

Savanna Hawk, Buteogallus meridionalis
(Unidentified raptor in December FLIGHT.)

Purple-throated Fruitcrow, Querula purpurata
(Unidentified raptor in December FLIGHT.)

Orange-winged Amazon, Amazona amazonica
(Shown as Brown-throated Parakeet, Aratinga pertinax in December FLIGHT.)

Collared Puffbird, Bucco capensis

Cocoa Thrush, Turdus fumigatus


The latest in this attractive series of composite sheets featuring nature conservation focuses on the Dolni Morava biosphere reserve. As well as the two stamps featuring a Wallcreeper and a Hoopoe, there is a label (top right) showing Eurasian Kestrel, Falco tinnunculus.


In the central gutter of this sheet of two sets of 6 birds there are three more bird images.

(Shown as Sirystes, Sirystes sibilator in December FLIGHT but better left unidentified unless anybody can make a more positive identification.)

Bananaquit, Coereba flaveola - although this also could be a species of Tyrant-Flycatcher.

Chestnut-belted Gnateater, Conopophaga aurita (Unidentified in December FLIGHT.)

Incidentally, the Stamp News website (27 October) has the following report: The Netherlands Antilles which originally consist of five islands, Bonaire, Curacao, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba, ceased to exist on 10 October 2010. Curacao and St. Maarten will have the Dutch monarch as the head of state and will enjoy greater autonomy than before. The other three islands will remain as overseas territories of The Netherlands and will be known as the Dutch Caribbean Islands. All three territories will be issuing their own stamps.

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