Sunday, March 11, 2012

Birdlife of British Indian Ocean Territory - 2006


In year 2006 , BIOT (British Indian Ocean Territory) Post collaborated with Birdlife International  Organization have released the stamp set features the protected seabirds Great frigatebird, Black-naped tern, Brown Noddy, Yellow-billed tropicbird, Red-footed Booby   and White Tern . The issue stamps are present in one miniature sheet which consist of six postage stamps depicted the foresaid species.The sheet have marked with many logos of bird association, OTEP, RSPB, Birdlife International.

Great Frigatebird or Fregata minor
The Great Frigatebird is a large dispersive seabird in the frigatebird family, have distinctive a measure  of 85–105 cm  with long pointed wings of 205–230 cm  and long forked tails. Major nesting populations are found in the Pacific (including Galapagos Islands) and Indian Oceans, as well as a population in the South Atlantic.
The Great Frigatebird is a lightly built large seabird with predominantly black plumage. The species exhibits sexual dimorphism. The female is larger than the adult male and has a white throat and breast, and the male's scapular feathers have a purple-green sheen. This species  have a long life span around 35 years, exhibit deferred maturity, lay only 1 egg, and have a very slow-growing chick.
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