As a call to the people of Taiwan to place greater emphasis on ecological preservation, in 2014 Chunghwa Post released the stamp set “Conservation of Birds—Swinhoe’s Pheasant.” Now it is following up with another release about birds: two souvenir sheets on the pheasant-tailed jacana.
The pheasant-tailed jacana is a member of the jacana family, and in Taiwan it is an endangered bird. It has an elegant nickname — “the fairy that walks on waves”—and is also known as the “leaf walker” and in some locales as the “water-chestnut bird.” The designs of the souvenir sheets follow:
The first sheet features four stamps that show different sides of the pheasant-tailed jacana in its habitat of water-chestnut fields in southern Taiwan. The traditional buildings and modern high-speed rail in the background reflect the bird’s connection to the lives of people, both modern and traditional. The painted snipe and mallard ducks highlight the ecological diversity within water-chestnut fields and the eco-friendliness of this cultivated environment.
(1) Flying Dances (NT$5): During the breeding season, the pheasant-tailed jacanas perform aggressive flapping dances in the air to mark their territory. As they battle, their long tails flutter beautifully, as if they are engaged in a marvelous dance.
(2) Incubating Eggs (NT$5) The pheasant-tailed jacanas tend to build their nests on leaves of floating plants in ponds or water-chestnut fields. Each nest typically has four eggs, which the male birds incubate.
(3) Raising the Chicks (NT$10): When the chicks hatch in the third or fourth week, it once again falls to the fathers to raise the chicks. Because the pheasant-tailed jacanas mature early, they can be seen accompanying their parents on walks over leaves not long after hatching.
(4) Immatures (NT$10): After four or five weeks under their father’s care, the chicks became immatures, able to fly and survive on their own.
The second sheet features one stamp with a denomination of NT$32 that features a pheasant-tailed jacana leisurely preening itself in a water-chestnut field. In the background, women in boats are picking water chestnuts. On the left side in the distance, there is a pair of pheasant-tailed jacanas in flight, one behind the other. In the right foreground, one finds a painted snipe and a dragon fly (the common flangetail), which bear witness to the rich abundance of life in the ecosystem of a pond.
(1)First Day Cover in large size (2 types): NT$3 apiece
(2)Folder (2 types): NT$8 apiece
(3)Folder with mount (2 types): NT$8 apiece.
(4)Loose-leaf album page: NT$20 apiece
(5)Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one souvenir sheet (2 types): NT$33 or NT$35 apiece
(6)Stamp folio: NT$200 a copy
To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, or order on line at https://stamp.post.gov.tw.