Feb 7, 2010

Israel FDC on "Birds of Israel"

First Day Cover
Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia


Birds of Israel

Date of Issue : 27 January 2010

(from left to right)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
The Goldfinch is one of the most colorful birds in Israel. It is resident in Israel and common along the Mediterranean Sea coast, spreading to the Negev and Arava areas as well. The Goldfinch population has decreased significantly during recent decades as they are hunted and caged with canaries as songbirds and due to thorn fields which are destroyed in residential areas.

Hoopoe - (Upupa epops) : The National Bird of Israel
The Hoopoe is a beautiful bird noted for its orange "crown" of feathers. It is orange in color, with shades of black and white on its wings and tail. The Hoopoe population is resident in Israel and it nests in holes in tree tucks and vertical walls of homes. Its monotone song, "hood, hood" instilled its Arabic name.

Graceful prinia (Prinia gracilis)
This is one of the tiniest birds in Israel, weighing only 6.5 to 7.5 grams. The Graceful Prinia is extremely common in gardens throughout Israel. These birds live in pairs within their habitat and their Hebrew name, "Pashosh" has become a popular nickname for people who are small and cute. A Graceful Prinia egg weighs less than one gram!

A very very nice bird stamp issue.

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