Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Birdlife Stamps of St. Lucia - 2004

To continue  the previous issue of the title " Birds of St. Lucia 2004 ", explanation of 8 stamps are issued for celebration  the Unique Caribbean treasures in the following  paragraphs. The issuance comprised of 8 stamps and all stamps featured the protected bird of St.Lucia, Antillean Crested Hummingbird, Lesser Antillean Pewee , Purple-throated Carib , Grey Trembler,Rufous-throated Solitaire,St. Lucia Warbler,  Antillean Euphonia, Semper's Warbler.

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1$    Antillean Crested Hummingbird    Orthorhyncus cristatus
The Antillean Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyncus cristatus) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
It is found in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, north-east Puerto Rico, Saba, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Eustatius, the British Virgin Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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1$    Lesser Antillean Pewee    Contopus latirostris
The Lesser Antillean Pewee (Contopus latirostris) is a species of bird in the Tyrannidae family. It is found in Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Puerto Rico, and Saint Lucia with records from Saint Kitts. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montanes.
 
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1$   Purple-throated Carib    Eulampis jugularis
The Purple-throated Carib (Eulampis jugularis) is a species of hummingbird in the Trochilidae family. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and heavily degraded former forest.
It breeds on Antigua, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, Saba, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and Sint Eustatius. It has occurred as a vagrant in Barbados, Barbuda, Grenada and the Virgin Islands.
 
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1$    Grey Trembler    Cinclocerthia gutturalis
The Grey Trembler (Cinclocerthia gutturalis) is a songbird species in the family Mimidae. It is found only in Martinique and Saint Lucia.

 

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1$   Rufous-throated Solitaire    Myadestes genibarbis
The Rufous-throated Solitaire (Myadestes genibarbis) is a species of bird placed in the Turdidae family.It is found on Dominica, Hispaniola, Jamaica, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.
 
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1$    St. Lucia Warbler    Dendroica delicata
The St Lucia Warbler (Dendroica delicata) is a species of bird in the Parulidae family. It is endemic to Saint Lucia.

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1$    Antillean Euphonia    Euphonia musica
The Antillean Euphonia (Euphonia musica) is a bird species in the finch family, Fringillidae (formerly in Thraupidae). It is found in all the main islands of the Lesser Antilles, and the Greater Antilles from Hispaniola eastwards. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, and heavily degraded former forest.
 
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1$  Semper's Warbler    Leucopeza semperi
The Semper's Warbler (Leucopeza semperi) is an extremely rare or possibly extinct New World Warbler which is endemic to Saint Lucia.
The bird is about 14.5 centimetres in length. The plumage of the adults is dark gray at the upperparts and greyish white at the underparts. The immatures are brownish-grey above and have buffish underparts, and the long legs are pale yellow. It lives in the undergrowth of montane and elfin forests. The call consists of tuck-tick-tick-tuck noises. Nothing is known about its ecology but it is probably a ground-nesting bird.
Causes for its decline were probably introduced mongooses. Due to its possibly ground-nesting habits it was an easy prey for the mongooses. Another cause might be habitat destruction.

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