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11 March 2020

Songbirds Around Us

Czech Republic: Songbirds Around Us, 11 March 2020. Images from Česká pošta.

Catalogue number: 1067. 1068
Type of stamp: Commemorative postage stamp
Date of issue: 11.03.2020
Face value/Price: 2 x 19,00 CZK
Print sheets: 50
Size (mm): 23 x 40 mm
Graphic designer:Jaromír a Libuše Knotkovi

Annotation

Face value: A stamp identified with the letter B corresponding to the price of Ordinary Letter – Standard up to 50 g in domestic Economy service (current price according to the Price List of Basic Postal Services).

Theme: Tits and Finches

tits (Paridae) and finches (Fringillidae). The designers used one stamp to portray members of the former family, such as the Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus), the crested tit (Lophophanes cristatus, formerly known as Parus cristatus), the marsh tit (Poecile palustris), and the great tit (Parus major).

Passerines (Passeriformes, less accurately known as songbirds) form the largest group of the approximately 9,000 bird species living in the world. Many of them can also be found around us. So far, two issues (1994 and 1999) have been dedicated to birds in the Czech Republic. Several species were introduced on miniature sheets in the Protected Landscape Areas series, but this is the first Czech issue dedicated to common birds around us. Many species, once commonly found, find their living conditions in the densely populated environment increasingly inhospitable. This has led to the abruptly decreasing numbers even of once abundant species, such as buntings or larks. Sparrow populations have been declining across the entire Europe. Experts found that their numbers decreased by up to 90% in 20 years! It could be said that while we managed to save endangered species, the common ones have declined. This was behind the choice of the first two species featured in this series, the tits and the finches.

Theme: Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Hawfinch

the goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis), the chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs), and the hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

Passerines (Passeriformes, less accurately known as songbirds) form the largest group of the approximately 9,000 bird species living in the world. Many of them can also be found around us. So far, two issues (1994 and 1999) have been dedicated to birds in the Czech Republic. Several species were introduced on miniature sheets in the Protected Landscape Areas series, but this is the first Czech issue dedicated to common birds around us. Many species, once commonly found, find their living conditions in the densely populated environment increasingly inhospitable. This has led to the abruptly decreasing numbers even of once abundant species, such as buntings or larks. Sparrow populations have been declining across the entire Europe. Experts found that their numbers decreased by up to 90% in 20 years! It could be said that while we managed to save endangered species, the common ones have declined. This was behind the choice of the first two species featured in this series, the tits and the finches.

Method of printing

offset printing in black colour

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