Friday, October 1, 2010

Breeding Birds of Christmas Island – Kiribati 2005

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Seabirds are plentiful on Christmas Island, and make up the bulk of the breeding bird population. There are 18 species of seabirds breeding on the island, and Kitirimati or Christmas Island  is one of the most important breeding grounds anywhere in the world . Christmas Island was declared a Wildlife Sanctuary in May 1975, in accordance with the Wildlife Conservation Ordinance of the then self-governing colony. Ngaontetaake and the Sooty Tern breeding grounds at North West Point of Christmas Island  also became restricted-access zones.

The second miniature sheet of the issued stamp  on August 15, 2005 by Kiribati Post  featured the breeding birds of Christmas Island.  In this regard Kiribati Post has been collaborated with Birdlife International organization . The species have been depicted are : Lesser Frigatebird, Red-tailed Tropicbird, Blue Noddy, Christmas shearwater, Sooty Tern, and Masked Booby.

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