Border birds

FLIGHT December 2011 – Volume 26 No. 2
Brazil - 29.6.10 - Pantanal

As well as the Hyacinth Macaws and Jabiru on the stamps, several birds can be identified in the margins. Clockwise from top left we have:

Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga;
Cocoi Heron, Ardea cocoi (I think this is right):
Jabiru, Jabiru mycteria;
Purple Gallinule, Porphyrio martinica;
Jabiru again
Common Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus.

Guinea - 10.5.11 - Owls MS

The dreadful coloration on this sheet makes positive identifications very difficult. My best efforts are:

Top left - Pearl-spotted Owlet, Glaucidium perlatum
Top right - Pel’s Fishing-Owl, Scotopelia peli
Lower right - No idea. Any suggestions please?
The background owl is unidentified too.

Moldova - 29.7.11 - Red Book of Moldova

The birds in the top left and top right corners seem to be Great Egret, Ardea alba. The bird in the top centre label is Little Grebe, Tachybaptus ruficollis; the nest with eggs at centre bottom could well belong to it.

Mozambique - 30.1.11 - International year of forests - Owls MS

As well as Madagascar Long-eared Owl on the stamp we have the following in the surrounds:

Top left -      Barking Owl, Ninox connivens;
Left of lower pair -      African Wood-Owl, Strix woodfordii
Right of lower pair      Southern Boobok, Ninox novaeseelandiae
Mozambique - 30.1.11 - International year of forests - Parrots - MS

The stamp is inscribed Trichoglossus rubritorquis, which is the North Australian sub-species of Rainbow Lorikeet, T.haematadus. It is known as Red-collared Lorikeet because of the complete red band round its neck.

In the surrounds, the bird in the top left, the flying bird and the right-hand bird of the lower right pair are all Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus.

The left-hand bird of the lower right pair is Chattering Lory, Lorius garrulus.

Mozambique - 30.1.11 - International year of forests - MS – Toucans

Keel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos sulfuratus, appears as the left-hand bird in the lower surrounds as well as on the stamp. Also in the surrounds are:

Toco Toucan, Ramphastos toco at top left;
Collared Aracari, Pteroglossus torquatus as the right-hand bird in the lower surrounds.

New Caledonia - 8.8.11 - Blue River national park

As well as the Kagu on stamp we have a New Caledonia Parakeet, Cyanoramphus saisetti, flying in the top surrounds. This species was formerly regarded as a sub-species of Red-fronted Parakeet, C.novaezelansiae, but is now recognised as a species in its own right.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Owls - 1.3.03

The stamp bears Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Bubo lacteus. The owl with chicks in the surrounds appears to be Great Gray Owl, Strix nebulosa, though the colouring is more brown than grey.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Raptors - 1.3.03

The stamp shows Verreaux’s Eagle, Aquila verreauxii. In the surrounds. The bird alighting on the nest is Osprey, Pandion haliaetus.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - 2003 - Albert Schweitzer

The bird on the stamp is Turquoise-browed Motmot, Eunomota superciliosa, a species from Central America.

Clockwise from top right we have four male birds in breeding plumage:

Eurasian Dotterel, Charadrius morinellus
European Golden Plover, Pluvialis apricaria
Black-bellied (Grey) Plover, Pluvialis squatarola
Northern Lapwing, Vanellus vanellus

The sketchier birds in the surrounds could be the females of the species.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee - 15.3.07

The bird in the centre strip is clearly a Toucan, probably Channel-billed Toucan, Ramphastos vitellinus, though the facial colouring is wrong.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee - 15.3.07 - MS 1

This miniature sheet from the same set as the above sheet has an unidentified Trogon on the 7000d stamp. In the surrounds we have three pairs of birds:

Left:      Himalayan Monal, Lophophorus impejanus
Centre:      Comb-crested Jacana, Irediparra gallinacea
Right:      Unidentified - Any help please?
St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee - 15.3.07 -
MS 2

The next MS shows Guianan Red Cotinga on the stamp and the following birds in the surrounds:

Left:      Salmon-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua moluccensis
Centre:      Eastern Rosella, Platycercus eximius
Right:      Sao Tomé Sunbird, Dreptes thomensis
St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee -
15.3.07 - MS 3

The stamps show:
7000d      Burnished-buff Tanager, Tangara cayana,
9000d      Venezuelan Troupial, Icterus icterus,
10000d      Crested Oropendola, Psarocolius decumanus,
14000d      Orange-cheeked Parrot, Pyrilia barrabandi.

The coloration is strange, but the sheet centre illustration here shows a Turquoise-browed MotMot, Eumomota superciliosa.
St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee - 15.3.07 -
MS 4

The stamp shows Orange-cheeked Parrot, Pyrilia barrabandi.

In the surrounds we have a pair of Lesser Florican, Sypheotides indicus, and a pair of woodpeckers, which may be intended as Crimson-mantled Woodpecker, Colaptes rivolii.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee -
15.3.07 - MS 5

On the stamp there is Red-crested Cardinal, Paroaria coronata.

In the surrounds we have at left a (possible) Hepatic Tanager, Piranga flava. At right there is an Eclectus Parrot, Eclectus roratus.

St. Thomas and Prince Islands - Scouts Jubilee -
15.3.07 - MS 6

On the stamp there is a Diamond Tanager, Stephanophorus diadematus.

The centre bird is a Royal-Flycatcher. I prefer Amazonian Royal-Flycatcher, Onychorhynchus coronatus to Northern Royal-Flycatcher, O.mexicanus. The former has a cinnamon-rufous tail while the latter is cinnamon-buff. All the colours on the sheet are too garish so this distinction is unreliable.

To the left in the surrounds there is a Tufted Jay, Cyanocorax dickeyi.

Czech Republic - 31.8.11 - Sumava national park

The 10k stamp has:
Ring Ouzel, Turdus torquatus, and
Eurasian Capercaillie, Tetrao urogallus.

The 18k stamp has:
Black Grouse, Tetrao tetrix.

The 20k stamp has:
Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker, Picoides tridactylis.

In the label at the top right-hand corner is a flying Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos.

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