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Conservation of Birds Postage Stamps Chinese Crested Tern

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Stamp SN D435
Stamp Name Conservation of Birds Postage Stamps Chinese Crested Tern
Stamp Cat Standard Special Stamps
Stamp Cat Birds
Issue date 2002-05-15
Suspersion date
Dimension of stamps(mm.) 40 x 30 (mm)
Size of souvenir Sheet (mm.) 120 x 60 (mm)
Printer China Color Printing Co., Ltd., R.O.C.
Drawer
Designer Chang Deng-ruei
Photographer
Engraver
Creative Director
Sheet composition 10 (5 X 2)
Print color Colorful
Process Deep etch offset
Paper Phosphorescent stamp paper
Back
Perforation 11 1/2 x 11


Stamp design:

To show Taiwan's achievements in conserving wild bird ecology at a time when environmental protection is an increasingly important world trend, the Directorate is issuing a set of ten stamps and a miniature sheet on the Chinese crested tem, which is an endangered species listed in the World Wild Bird Red Book. To show more completely the Chinese crested tem's ecology, the entire set of ten stamps will be printed in a se-tenant strip that offers a panorama of the tern preservation areas in the Matsu archipelago. These stamps were planned by the Wild Bird Federation Taiwan.
Once thought to be extinct, the Chinese crested tem is estimated to have a global population of less than 100. The last sure sighting in the 20th century was in 1937 when 21 birds were killed for specimens. Because there had been scant
research about the Chinese crested tem, some ornithologists began describing it as a "legendary bird." In early June of 2000, nature photographer Liang Chieh-teh spotted four pairs -of Chinese crested terns on one of the Matsu islands. The BBC even made a special report about the breeding of these "legendary birds" in Matsu.
The Chinese crested terns are about 42 centimeters long, with a pale gray-brown upper body, a white lower body, a black crown and white forehead. Their range stretches from the coastal areas of South Korea and northeast China to the Philippines. In Taiwan, apart from the tem preservation areas in the Matsu archipelago, Chinese crested tem has also been sighted near the mouth of the Pachang River. Not much is known about the diet of the birds, but it is sure that they eat fish. Their breeding season is from April to September. They build their nests in areas where there is vegetation. There is only one egg in each nest. The female and the male take turns sitting on their egg and feeding their chick.

(1) First Day Cover in small size to be sold at NT$2.00 apiece.
     First Day Cover in large size to be sold at NT$3.00 apiece.
(2) Folder especially prepared for the stamps to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.
(3) Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the stamps to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.
     Folder with crystal mount for better protection of the miniature sheet to be sold at NT$8.00 apiece.
(4) Loose-leaf stamp album page with plastic cover to be sold at NT$16.00 apiece.
(5) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a low-valued stamp to be sold at NT$7.00 apiece.
(6) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a complete set of stamps to be sold at NT$56.00 apiece. which is composed of 2 FDCS, but could be respectively sold at NT$28.00 apiece.
(7) Pre-cancelled First Day Cover affixed with a miniature sheet to be sold at NT$28.00 apiece.
(8)Pictorial to be sold at NT$200.00 apiece. A total of 50,000 copies will be issued. This Directorate specially commissioned Mr. Chang Deng-Ruei, the original painter of the stamps, to handle the plan of the pictorial. It will consist of a sheetlet of stamps (a ten se-tenant strip), a miniature sheet and four color postal cards, which can be drawn out. Chinese and English interpretations with relative photographs will be used vividly to describe the eco-condition of Chinese Crested Tem. This item is suitable for both gifts and collectibles.