Saturday, December 8, 2012

50th Anniversary of WWF – Macao
Macao China Post, has commemorated the 50th Anniversary of WWF by issuing a set of four stamps  on 11th of  September 2011 .

The protected bird species like: Pynonotus sinensis, Streptopelia chinensis, Ixobrychus sinensis and Centropus sinensis.

The 1.50 ptcs stamp shown Pycnonotus sinensis or Chinese bulbul. The Light-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus sinensis), is a bird and a member of the bulbul family.The bulbul is common in East Asia, including Hong Kong, mainland China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

The birds of Taiwan are of an endemic subspecies.The particular characteristic is the large white patch covering the nape and the sides of its black head. It also sings very brightly.the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The 2.50 ptcs stamp shown Streptopelia chinensis, sometimes also called the Chinese Dove, Mountain Dove, Pearl-necked Dove or Lace-necked Dove.

The Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) is a small and somewhat long-tailed pigeon which is a common resident breeding bird across its native range on the Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia.

This dove is long tailed buff brown with a white-spotted black collar patch on the back and sides of the neck. The tail tips are white and the wing coverts have light buff spots. There is considerable plumage variations across populations within its wide range.

The species is found in light forests and gardens as well as in urban areas. They fly off from the ground with an explosive flutter and will sometimes glide down to a perch.
The 3.50 ptcs stamp shown Ixobrychus sinensis, or the Yellow bittern. It is  breeding in much of the Indian Subcontinent, east to Japan and Indonesia.

The Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) is a small bittern. It is mainly resident, but some northern birds migrate short distances.  

The Yellow Bittern (Ixobrychus sinensis) is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 .Their breeding habitat is reed beds. They nest on platforms of reeds in shrubs. 4-6 eggs are laid.  Yellow Bitterns feed on insects, fish and amphibians.

This is a small species at 36 to 38 cm  in length, with a short neck and longish bill. The male is uniformly dull yellow above and buff below. The head and neck are chestnut, with a black crown. The female's crown, neck and breast are streaked brown.
The 4.50 ptcs stamp shown Centropus sinensis or Crow pheasant. A widespread resident in Asia, from India, east to south China and Indonesia, it is divided into several subspecies, some being treated as full species.

The Greater Coucal or Crow Pheasant (Centropus sinensis) is a large non-parasitic member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes. 

They are large, crow-like with a long tail and coppery brown wings and found in wide range of habitats from jungle to cultivation and urban gardens. They are weak fliers, and are often seen clambering about in vegetation or walking on the ground as they forage for insects, eggs and nestlings of other birds. They have a familiar deep resonant call which is associated with omens in many parts of its range.

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