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Def.128 Birds of Taiwan Postage Stamps (IV)

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Stamp SN A128IV
Stamp Name Def.128  Birds of Taiwan Postage Stamps (IV)
Stamp Cat Standard Definitive Stamps
Stamp Cat Birds
Issue date 2009-01-15
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 24 × 32(mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.)
Printer Central Engraving and Printing Plant
Photographer K. K. Kuo
Creative Director
Sheet composition 100(10 × 10)
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Perforation 131/2 × 121/2

After having previously issued the first three sets in the “Birds of Taiwan” definitive stamp series (on November 3, 2007 and January 30 and June 5, 2008), this Post is now following up with a fourth set of four stamps, featuring Rostratula benghalensis, Turdus poliocephalus, Amaurornis phoenicurus and Cettia acanthizoides. The designs of the stamps follow:


1.    Rostratula benghalensis (NT$0.50): This common resident bird is about 25 centimeters in length. The females have a white eye-patch, an obvious yellow stripe extending from the bill to the center of the crown, and a wide white band running up the side of the breast and onto the mantle. The males have a yellow eye-patch.

These are the bird’s important identifying characteristics. 2. Turdus poliocephalus (NT$9.00): About 22 centimeters in length, it is an uncommon resident bird and an endemic subspecies of Taiwan. The males have a reddish brown belly, an obvious white head, brown eyes, a brown beak, and yellow legs. They often sing while hiding in the dense canopy of trees.

3. Amaurornis phoenicurus (NT$13:00): About 29 centimeters in length, it is a common resident bird of Taiwan. Its crown, back, uppertail coverts, and wings are dark brown. Its face, breast and upper belly are white. Its tail is very short with chestnut red undertail coverts. Its bill is yellow and the base of its upper beak is red. It has yellow feet and very long toes.

4. Cettia acanthizoides (NT$17.00): A common resident bird and an endemic subspecies of Taiwan, this tiny warbler is about 10 centimeters in length. It has plain plumage, and males and females share similar coloration. The bird is very secretive and not easy to spot. It inhabits mid- to high-altitude mountain areas. It is quick and nimble but seldom flies.


(1) First Day Cover to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece.

(2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece.

(3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$5.00 apiece.

(4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.

(5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$2.50 apiece.

(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$41.50 apiece.

                       (7) Pictorial to be sold at NT$380.00 apiece.


To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at http://stamp.post.gov.tw.