Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Crab Plover – British Indian Ocean Territory 2001

The Postal Administration of British Indian Ocean Territory issued a souvenir sheet composed of 5 pieces stamps depicted the Crab Plover (Dromas ardeola) bird. The face value of each stamps are same 50p. The stamps issued conjucted with the World Bird Festival 2001. Logo of the festival and Bird Life International have marked on the sheet.

The Crab plover is resident on the coasts and islands of the Indian Ocean, where it feeds on crabs and other small animals and resembles a plover, but has very long grey legs and a strong heavy black bill similar to a tern. The Crab plover has black-and-white plumage, partially webbed-toes and long-necked upright posture with heavy bill. This is makes it distinctive and unmistakable. Its bill is unique among waders, and specialised for eating crabs.

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