03 March 2020
Bird of the Year — Western Capercaillie
Newsletter # 8 (859), February 25, 2020
On March 3, 2020 the Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus will issue the stamp “Western capercaillie” of the series “Bird of the year”.
A series continuation. Beginning nos. 473-475, 501, 501A, 559, 600, 635, 679, 720, 779, 815, 866, 919, 949, 1008, 1063, 1113, 1191, 1248 and 1296.
Artist: Alexander Mityanin.
Design: Marina Yurchik.
Print process: offset.
Paper: chalk-surfaced, gummed.
Perforations: comb 13: 131/2.
Stamp size: 26×37 mm.
Sheet composition: 7 stamps & 1 coupon.
Sheet size: 128×93 mm.
Print quantity: 56.000 stamps.
Printer: Republican Unitary Enterprise “Bobruisk Integrated Printing House named after A. T. Nepogodin”.
Letter “P” is equal to the air-mail tariff of a letter up to 20 gram abroad.
The 22ndCongress of the public organization “Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny” (Protection of Homeland Birds) declared the Western capercaillie the bird of the year 2020 in Belarus.
The Western capercaillie mainly inhabits little visited by man old coniferous and mixed (with a significant proportion of pine) upland forests, less often — raised bogs; rarely it is found in young pine forests.
Western capercaillie is considered a hunting species in Belarus, despite the small population — about 9 thousand birds.
These birds have an unusual feature, which is observed during the mating season — worsening of hearing and loss of vigilance. The song of males during mating consists of two parts: during the first part the bird hears everything, and during the second — the male does not hear anything around! This makes the bird defenseless in front of hunters.
The project was prepared with the assistance of the public organization “Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny”.
The stamp contains the logos of the global partnership of conservation organizations “BirdLife International” and the Belarus public organization “Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny” (APB).
Colour of the postmark — black.
Special postmark and FDC painted by A.Mityanin, designed by M.Yurchik.
A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the post office No.1 of Minsk (shop “Philately”, 16 Moskovskaya street) on the stamp issuing day.
A maximum card “Western capercaillie” will be issued too. Artist A.Mityanin. Design by M.Yurchik.