Friday, May 25, 2012

Sea birds of Kiribati

In refer to the previous title : Sea birds of Kiribati-Kiribati 2005, detail of each issued stamp in related with the above title  has described  in the subsequent paragraphs.The first miniature sheet of the issued  stamps by Kiribati Post which collaborated with Birdlife International on  August 15, 2005 featured  sea birds of Kiribati such as: White-tailed tropicbird (Phaeton lepturus), Black Noddy ( Anous minutus), Red-footed Booby (Sula sula), Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus), White Tern (Gygis alba), and Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)
White-tailed Tropicbird ( Phaethon lepturus)

The White-tailed Tropicbird breeds on tropical islands laying a single egg directly onto the ground or a cliff ledge. White-tailed Tropicbird disperses widely across the oceans when not breeding, and sometimes wanders far. White-tailed Tropicbird feeds on fish and squid, caught by surface plunging, but this species is a poor swimmer.Sexes are similar, although males average longer tailed, but juveniles lack the tail streamers, have a green-yellow bill, and a finely barred back.
Black Noddy (Anous minutus)

The Black Noddy has a worldwide distribution in tropical and subtropical seas, with colonies widespread in the Pacific Ocean and more scattered across the Caribbean, central Atlantic and in the northeast Indian Ocean.The Black Noddy (Anous minutus) is a seabird from the tern family.
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula)

The Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) is a large seabird of the booby family, Sulidae.This species breeds on islands in most tropical oceans. When not breeding it spends most of the time at sea, and is therefore rarely seen away from breeding colonies. It nests in large colonies, laying one chalky blue egg in a stick nest.The nest is usually placed in a tree or bush, but rarely it may nest on the ground.
Wedge-tailed shearwater (Puffinus pacificus)

The Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus pacificus is a medium-large shearwater in the seabird family Procellariidae.The Wedge-tailed Shearwater is the largest of the tropical shearwaters. Wedge-tailed Shearwaters feed pelagically on fish, squid and crustaceans. 66% of their diet is fish, of which the most commonly taken is goatfish.The Wedge-tailed Shearwater breeds in colonies on small tropical islands
White Tern (Gygis alba)

The White Tern (Gygis alba) is a small seabird found across the tropical oceans of the world.The White Tern is a small, all white tern with a long black bill, related to the noddies. It ranges widely across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, and also nests in some Atlantic islands. It nests on coral islands, usually on trees with thin branches but also on rocky ledges and on man-made structures. The White Tern feeds on small fish which it catches by plunge diving.
Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)

The Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) is a large dispersive seabird in the frigatebird family. Major nesting populations are found in the Pacific (including Galapagos Islands) and Indian Oceans, as well as a population in the South Atlantic.Great Frigatebirds are seasonally monogamous, with a breeding season that can take two years from mating to the end of parental care. The species is colonial, nesting in bushes and trees (and on the ground in the absence of vegetation) in colonies of up to several thousand pairs.


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