Theme Birds on Stamps
by Kjell Scharning
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06.04.21Nicaragua 2007.01 White-chinned Sapphire Chlorestes cyanus, not Rufous-tailed Hummingbird Amazilia tzacatl. White chin, blue throat and throat-sides, no rufous tail, belly dirty brownish-green.
03.04.21Tanzania 1999.07 Striated Heron Butorides striata, not Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala.
Paraguay 2017.01 Black Jacobin Florisuga fusca, not Glittering-bellied Emerald Chlorostilbon lucidus (belly black, small white rim from vent to underwing, rather long beak).
02.04.21Malawi 2019.02 and 2019.03 Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus, not Common Quail Coturnix coturnix.
Laos 1990.01 Western Reef Heron Egretta gularis, not Pacific Reef Heron Egretta (Demigretta) sacra (white throat).
01.04.21The Emu in Guyana Wildlife of South America 2019 is not an Emu. It is a Greater Rhea Rhea americana.
25.04.20I have changed id from See-see Partridge Ammoperdix griseogularis to Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar for Tajikistan 2018 3s. Black line behind eye and white throat, which the birds on the stamp have, is supportive for Chukar, and contradictive for See-see, which should have white eye line and grey throat.
24.04.20I have Northern Royal Flycatcher Onychorhynchus mexicanus for the Royal Flycatcher in Mayreau 2011 Birds of Paradise The inscription on the stamp is Pacific Royal Flycatcher (Onychorhynchus occidentalis). I'll accept this as my identification because the illustration on the stamp is a copy of a painting from 1888 by Joseph Smit Wikipedia
23.04.20The bird with name Kauai Akialoa written on the stamp in Grenada 1993 Songbirds has scientific name Akialoa stejnegeri in IOC.
22.04.20Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus, as on stamp, not Greater Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris afer in Ghana 2015 Sunbirds of Africa. Narrow red breast-band, shorter bill.
Southern/Lesser Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus, as on stamp, not Eastern Miombo Sunbird Cinnyris manoensis in Botswana 1982 Birds 2t. Close to narrow red breast-band, dark grey breast and belly.
Eastern Miombo Sunbird Cinnyris manoensis and not Southern Double-collared Sunbird Cinnyris chalybeus in Djibouti 2016 Sunbirds and Togo 2014 Sunbirds. Broad red breast-band, ash-grey belly.
16.04.20Yellow-billed Cardinal Paroaria capitata, not Red-cowled Cardinal Paroaria dominicana in Cuba 2017 Brasiliana. Black breast.
11.04.20The Paradise Whydah in Benin 1999.04 Birds is Broad-tailed Paradise Whydah Vidua obtusa. The tail is thicker and shorter than for the other Paradise Whydas. The tail is shown in the MS outside the perforation.
Uganda 1992 Birds 150s is a female Cape Robin-Chat Cossypha caffra and not Archer's Ground Robin.
10.04.20Some of my listed Paradise Whydas may be identified as Exclamatory Paradise Whydah Vidua interjecta. I shall move Congo (Brazzaville) 1993 Brasiliana 120f and Korea, North 1993 40c from Long-tailed Paradise Whydah to Exclamatory Paradise Whydah. The tail has about the same breadth from start to end. Breast and nape is red or near-red.
08.04.20I have changed identification for Gambia 1991 Wildlife Yellow-throated Leaflove to Yellow-bellied Greenbul Chlorocichla flaviventris
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04.04.20Warbling Vireo Vireo gilvus will disappear from my listings. The second stamp in Guinea 2007 J J Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould will be listed with Long-eared Owl and Unidentifiable.
03.04.20All my Golden Whistler stamps of British Solomon Is and Solomon Is are moved to Australian Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis as indicated on the stamps. To be Golden Whistler the throat would have to be yellow. The throat is white, characteristic of Pachycephala pectoralis.
02.04.20The Cicadabird on Micronesia 1991 Pohnpei rain forest is Pohnpei Cicadabird Edolisoma insperatum, a former split from Common Cicadabird. The Pohnpei Cicadabird is a new species on stamp.
01.04.20The Paradise Whydah on Togo 1972 Exotic birds is Togo Paradise Whydah Vidua togoensis and not Sahel Paradise Whydah Vidua orientalis. The tail is uniformly broad from start to end.
30.03.20The parrot on St Vincent 1995.02 Parrots is White-eared Parakeet, as suggested on the stamp, and not Venezuelan Parakeet.
26.03.20I'm reverting the changes I made yesterday to the two stamps from Syria. The photograph used for the "Syrian Serin" is of a European Serin. The "Yellow-breasted Chat" may be based on a photo of a Yellow-breasted Chat.
25.03.20Grenadines (G) 2000.03 Parrots and Parakeets inscribed Charmosyna rubronotata is in fact Orange-billed Lorikeet Neopsittacus pullicauda. This is a new species on stamp.
I have changed id for 2 birds in the Syria 2013 Birds 6v set. I accept the bird labeled Serinus Syriacus as Syrian Serin Serinus syriacus. Difference from European Serin is olive-yellow fringes to tail-feathers, obvious broad olive-yellow bars on coverts. This is a new bird on stamp.
One bird in the set is named Yellow-Breasted Chat. But Yellow-breasted Chat with scientific name Icteria virens is an American bird, and the bird on the stamp does not look very much like it. All the other birds in the set occur in Syria. A bird appearing in Syria, with some likeness to the depicted bird, is Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio (female). To me this is a better id than Icteria virens.
24.03.20In Comoro Is 2009 Owls I shall change my id of Moheli Scops Owl Otus moheliensis to Rainforest Scops Owl Otus rutilus, as inscribed on the stamp.
I shall change my id of Northern Mealy Amazon Amazona guatemalae to Southern Mealy Amazon Amazona farinosa, as inscribed on the stamp, in Grenada 2013.02 Parrots.
21.03.20Mozambique 2016 Warblers inscribed Setophaga coronata is not Setophaga coronata. It is Audubon's Warbler Setophaga auduboni. Difference from Setophaga coronata is yellow throat and no white supercilium. This is a new species on stamp.
15.03.20My listing of Solomon 2004 BirdLife International, owls and nightjars was based on an assumption that the depicted birds were birds found in Solomon Islands. I chose Solomons Frogmouth because it is a former subspecies of Marbled Frogmouth, inscribed on the 5th stamp. But this is wrong. The 5th stamp features Marbled Frogmouth Podargus ocellatus and not Solomons Frogmouth. The range is New Guinea and Australia. The bird I named Solomons Nightjar has the name White-throated Nightjar Eurostopodus mystacalis inscribed on the stamp, and I shall change my id to this. The range is Australia. What about the owls on the sheet? The first Solomons Boobook is Ninox jacquinoti floridae, the second Ninox jacquinoti granti, i.e. two different subspecies, both with range Solomon. The Fearful Owl appears to have a correct id.
08.03.20An overlooked split: A subspecies of Blue-black Grosbeak Cyanocompsa cyanoides was raised to species level with name Rothschild's Grosbeak Cyanocompsa rothschildii. The range for this species is Amazonia including Surinam. I shall change id for Surinam 2014 5.50$. Blue-black Grosbeak is no longer on stamp.
03.03.20Two birds listed by me as Pacific Emerald Dove Chalcophaps longirostris are Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica: Guinea-Bissau 1989 Birds and Vanuatu 1981 Birds. Pacific Emerald Dove Chalcophaps longirostris has no white on head. Common Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica has white on forehead extending over and beyond eyes.
24.02.20Sao Tome and Principe 2007.03 7000d features a plate used for species description of Black-throated Trogon Trogon rufus. This is a new species on stamp.
11.12.19There are more corrections to bird identifications to be made on my website, with source Tino Mischler. I have started a presentation on this Corrections page.
19.08.19Identifications and corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Montserrat 2005.01 Seabirds Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus
15.08.19Identifications and corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Guinea-Bissau 2005.11 Birds of prey 6th stamp Besra Accipiter virgatus
Guinea-Bissau 2005.12 Birds of prey Crested Goshawk Accipiter trivirgatus
Iran 2001.02 Bird definitive Common Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Japan 1998 International letter writing week Eclectus Parrot Eclectus roratus
Liberia 1998 Sea creatures Great Egret Ardea alba
Mozambique 2002.20 Penguins King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus
Mozambique 2013.15 Endangered species Golden Masked Owl Tyto aurantia
06.08.19Identifications and corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Bahamas 2004 Harrold & Wilson Ponds 65c Great Egret Ardea alba and not Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias.
Cameroun 1998 Tourism Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Centralafrica 1993 Biodiversity Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Liberia 2001.03 African wildlife Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Liberia 2001.13 Birds of Africa Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Sudan 1991 Definitives Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Sudan 1991 Overprint Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Sudan 2003 Surcharge Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Tanzania 1999.06 Birds of the world Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Togo 1961 Crowned Crane Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Togo 2016.36 Fauna of the world Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and not Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina.
Cuba 1967 Christmas Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina and not Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum.
Ghana 1959 Definitives Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina and not Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum.
Ghana 1965 Surcharge Black Crowned Crane Balearica pavonina and not Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum.
04.08.19Identifications and corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Gambia 1989.03 Japanese art 5th stamp Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus.
Gambia 1993 African birds of prey MS Tawny Owl Strix aluco.
Gambia 1997.06 Hiroshige 4th stamp Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikado.
Gambia 1997.10 Hiroshige second stamp Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus.
02.08.19Identifications and corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Burkina Faso 2000 Peter Pan 90f Great Egret Ardea alba.
Cambodia 2006 Birds MS Giant Ibis and Great Egret Ardea alba.
China (Taiwan) 1997 Bird paintings, 4th stamp Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus.
Comores 2009 Audubon & Gould MS Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii.
Comores 2009 Owls 1000f Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus.
Congo (Kinshasa) 2002 Penguins, 6th stamp King Penguin Aptenodytes patagonicus.
Somalia 1966 Somali birds 50c Palm-nut Vulture Gypohierax angolensis and not Rüppell's Vulture Gyps rueppelli.
Uganda 1992 Wildlife 50s White-backed Vulture Gyps africanus and not Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus.
Trinidad & Tobago 2010.02 Black Vulture Coragyps atratus and not Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura.
29.07.19Corrections, source Tino Mischler.
Angola LUBRAPEX 2007 Black Guineafowl Agelastes niger and not Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris.
Centralafrica 1981 Birds Crested Guineafowl Guttera pucherani and not Plumed Guineafowl Guttera plumifera.
Maldive Is 2014 Seabirds and shells Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus and not Wilson's Storm Petrel Oceanites oceanicus.
Maldive Is 2007.03 Birds White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi and not Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus.
Solomon Is 2014 Flamingos James's Flamingo Phoenicoparrus jamesi and not Andean Flamingo Phoenicoparrus andinus.
Tanzania 1999.05 Birds of the world Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus and not White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi.
Tanzania 2015 Ibises of Tanzania Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus and not Bostrychia olivacea/bocagei.
13.07.19The bird on the 4th stamp in the Malawi 2018.02 sheet is White-eyed Slaty Flycatcher Melaenornis fischeri, not Northern Yellow White-eye Zosterops senegalensis
16.06.19Some identifications and additions, source Chris Gibbins's Corrections
The 500$ stamp in Guyana 2018 Tanagers, 2v sheet features Spotted Tanager Tangara punctata, new on stamp.
Two stamps with identifiable birds, Southern Double-collared Sunbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird, has been added from the South Africa 2013 Kirstenbosch sheet.
Change id for the Penguin in TAAF 2017 Joint issue with Greenland from Emperor to King.
The third stamp in the Mozambique 2013 Eagles sheet is identfied as Crowned Eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus.
The Bee-eater in Burundi 2014 Birds is identified as Blue-breasted Bee-eater Merops variegatus. The name on the stamp is correct.
The Owl named Otus scops in Togo 2013 Owls is Giant Scops Owl Otus gurneyi.
The oxpeckers in Guinea-Bissau 2008 Buffaloes and kingfishers and Ivory Coast 2014 Buffalos are Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorynchus, not Yellow-billed Oxpecker Buphagus africanus
12.06.19Tino Mischler has identified some of my not identified birds.
Antigua & Barbuda is first out with White-browed Laughingthrush Pterorhinus sannio and Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii. White-browed Laughingthrush is new on stamp.
15.02.19I have listed the oriole in Cuba 2018 as Icterus nigrogularis (Yellow Oriole). This is a mistake. It should be Cuban Oriole Icterus melanopsis as written on the stamp.
16.07.18I have listed the Papua New Guinea 2008.01 pigeon as Western Crowned Pigeon. This is a mistake. It should be Victoria Crowned Pigeon Goura victoria as written on the stamp and also listed by me for the same stamp in sheet.
The pigeon in Guinea 1998.07 is Victoria Crowned Pigeon, not Western Crowned Pigeo.
28.06.18The eagle on Papua New Guinea 2017.02 Rare birds is Little Eagle Aquila morphnoides as written on the stamp, not Pygmy Eagle Hieraaetus weiskei which has been my identification. Little Eagle is new on stamp. Pygmy Eagle is out.
07.04.18St Vincent & Grenadines 2018.02 is inscribed Southern Mealy Amazon Amazona farinosa and Channel-billed Toucan Ramphastos vitellinus. The stamp design is the same as the design for Liberia 2000.13, but here the inscription is Brown-throated Conure (Aratina pertinax) and Channel-billed Toucan (Ramphastos vitellinus). Southern Mealy Amazon is probably the best fit for the parrot on both stamps. I shall change id for the Liberria 2000.13 parrot.
An overlooked split: Mealy Amazon has been split to Northern Mealy Amazon Amazona guatemalae and Southern Mealy Amazon Amazona farinosa. I shall change Grenada 2013.02 to Northern Mealy Amazon Amazona guatemalae.
25.01.18The albatross in TAAF 2017.04 Resources is Wandering Albatross, not Black-browed.
03.01.18I have changed id of the penguin in India 2009.01-3 from Emperor to King Penguin.
An overlooked IOC update: Black-crested Bulbul Pycnonotus flaviventris has been split from Black-capped Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus. The bulbul in Laos 1988.02 is Black-crested Bulbul.
02.01.17I have changed id of the swan in Finland 2016.01 from Mute to Whooper Swan.
02.01.17Lack of a distinctive crest distinguishes Calyptorhynchus lathami from Calyptorhynchus banksii. The Cockatoo on Guinea 2014.05 does not have a distinctive crest. I shall accept it as Glossy Black Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami.
01.01.17The bird on India 1975.02 is not Demoiselle Crane. The bird is based on a photograph Indian Philately Digest. The bird on the photograph is an Intermediate Egret Ardea intermedia.
05.11.16The 'mysterious' bird in Sao Tome and Principe 2015.26 is Schlegel's Asity Philepitta schlegeli, identified by Chris Gibbins. This is a new species on stamp.
20.09.16The bird labeled Ara glaucogularis in Centralafrica 2015.28 is Blue-and-yellow Macaw Ara ararauna.
18.09.16The bird labeled Vireo osburni on Guinea 2009.07 is Mountain Bluebird Sialia currucoides.
The bird labeled Chardonneret d'Himalaya in Guinea 2009.09 is the eastern form of European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis (ssp caniceps). The rosefinch in the same set is, in IOC taxonomy, Haemorhous mexicanus (House Finch).
13.09.16The macaw labeled Ara ararauna on Sao Tome and Principe 2015.02 does not have the correct colours of an Ara ararauna or any other macaw. I shall list it as domestic.
12.09.16The starling on Sierra Leone 2015.50 is Lamprotornis superbus, not Lamprotornis hildebrandti. The starling on Djibouti 2016.08 is Lamprotornis superbus, not Lamprotornis hildebrandti
19.08.16An owl in Sao Tome 2013.19 labeled Otus ireneae has been listed as Not identified by me. I'll accept the inscription on the stamp and list it as Sokoke Scops Owl Otus ireneae.
18.08.16I incorrectly listed a hummingbird in Guinea 2015.02 as Amazilia castaneiventris. The name correctly given on the stamp is Lampornis castaneoventris (White-throated Mountaingem). This is a new species on stamp.
17.08.16The lory in Sao Tome 2014.32 labeled Pseudeos fuscata is Brown Lory Chalcopsitta duivenbodei. Yellow head, yellow chin and black bill is typical. This is a new species on stamp.
16.08.16The cuckoo in Sierra Leone 2016.08 named Chrysococcyx cupreus is derived from a photograph of Asian Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx maculatus. This is a new species on stamp.
29.06.16The parrotfinch in Vanuatu 2001.01 Birds is Royal Parrotfinch Erythrura regia, not Red-headed Parrotfinch Erythrura cyanovirens.
The redstart in Serbia 2010.01 City birds is Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus, not Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros.
28.05.16There are two bird species on the first stamp in Guinea-Bissau 2015.38 Swifts. The left bird is Common Swift and the right bird is Alpine Swift.
13.05.16The swallow in Kosovo 2010.01 1€ is not a Red-rumped Swallow. The image on the stamp is derived from an image of Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva.
The parrot in Centralafrica 2013.13 with name Pionopsitta pileata is Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius.
28.03.16The Osprey in Papua New Guinea 2008.01-2 is based on a photograph taken in USA and is therefore a Western Osprey, not an Eastern Osprey.
03.03.16The 'Not identified' parrot on Uganda 2014.09 has been identified as Red-lored Amazon Amazona autumnalis.
01.01.16The swan on Ghana 2015.06 is Whooper Swan Cygnus cygnus despite the name on the stamp.
20.02.15The heron on Senegal 1995.01 100f is Purple Heron Ardea purpurea not Black-headed Heron Ardea melanocephala which is the name on the stamp. I agree with the id given by Chris Gibbins.
05.10.14The image on the first stamp in Japan 1998.03 is an extract from the same Japanese art work as the first stamp in Guyana 2001.01. I have listed the bird on the Japan stamp as 'not identified' and the same bird on the Guyana stamp as Blue-and-white Flycatcher Cyanoptila cyanomelana. I shall list the Japan bird as Blue-and-white Flycatcher.
19.08.14I have changed identification for the Copper Sunbird in Niger 2013.10 to Copper-throated Sunbird Leptocoma calcostetha.
21.07.14I have changed identification for the Spoonbill on Korea North 1996.04 and 1996.05 from Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia to Black-faced Spoonbill Platalea minor. The yellow mark below and in front of the eye, as on the stamp, is characteristic for Black-faced Spoonbill.
30.06.14The Bee-eater in Togo 2013.31 inscribed Merops gularis is not correctly identified. It is a Blue-headed Bee-eater Merops muelleri, copied from this photograph
20.11.13I have changed id from Australian Ringneck to Mallee Ringneck for Tuvalu 06.06.11 Parrots of the South Pacific. The reason is the green head. It should be black.
28.10.13I have changed id from Brown Pelican to Peruvian Pelican on Peru 28.12.73 Peruvian paintings.
10.07.13I have corrected id for the penultimate bird on Tanzania 2012.04
30.04.13The Stone-curlew (Thick-knee) on Palau 2002.01 2$ is Great Stone-curlew Esacus recurvirostris, not Beach Thick-knee Esacus magnirostris as stated on the stamp. Esacus recurvirostris has white forehead. Esacus magnirostris has black forehead. Esacus recurvirostris is new species on stamp.
29.12.12Chris Gibbins has changed id for the three Reed Warblers in Iraq 2011.03 Ramsar to Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus. I shall do the same.
22.11.12There was a mix of names in Mozambique 2011.21. The 16m stamp with Aquila rapax was Aquila pomarina on my Mozambique page, and the 66m stamp with Aquila pomarina was Aquila rapax.
18.11.12Mozambique 2012.09 has a stamp with a bird named Porphyrio coerulescens. This bird, with English name Reunion Gallinule, is known solely from literary sources and as such not included in the IOC list. I shall list this bird as Porphyrio porphyrio.
Update: I have changed my mind and shall list it as Porphyrio coerulescens. See my Various page.
23.10.12I believe the best id for my not identified bird in Centralafrica 2001.12 is Western Marsh Harrier, Circus aeruginosus.
12.10.12I have changed id for the Paraguay 1985.01 Audubon 25c from Red Tanager Piranga flava to Hepatic Tanager Piranga hepatica. The distribution for Hepatic Tanager is southern North America and Middle America. The two species look very much alike. But the Hepatic Tanager has a more prominent grey cheek patch than Red Tanager. In 1985 the two species were one species and have later been split. Hepatic Tanager is a new species on stamp.
27.09.12The Tropicbird on Niue 1999.01 is not White-tailed Tropicbird. The depicted bird has a red tail and no black on the upper wings. A better id is Red-tailed Tropicbird.
19.09.12A stamp in the China (Taiwan) 2012.01 Owls of Taiwan is inscribed Ninox scutulata, but Taiwan is not within the range of Ninox scutulata. The owl on the stamp is probably meant to be Ninox japonica. This was a subspecies of Ninox scutulata and is now a species occuring in Taiwan.
15.09.12The hummingbird on Nicaragua 2007.01 Environment protection has been identified by me as White-chinned Sapphire. The scientific name on the stamp is Amazilia tzacatl (Rufous-tailed Hummingbird). I believed the blue throat was wrong for Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, but now I have learned that the throat may have a turquoise gleam in certain lights.
06.07.12A stamp in the new Guyana 'Birds of South America' is inscribed with Jabiru for the bird, but the depicted bird is Black-necked Stork.
13.01.12The Tit in Vietnam, North 1973.01 is Cinereous Tit Parus cinereus. I have overlooked that when the asian Great Tits where split from Great Tit Parus major, they were split into two new species, Japanese Tit Parus minor and Cinereous Tit Parus cinereus, and that the latter has a southern distribution. The northvietnamese tit is within this southern distribution and outside the Japanese Tit distribution. I got help with this from Nils Boysen. Cinereous Tit is new species on stamp.
The Yellow-billed Kite Milvus aegyptius, distribution Africa, is most often considered a subspecies of Black Kite Milvus migrans, but not in IOC which I follow. After a new look at the Kite stamps, I have decided to move these to Yellow-billed Kite:
Burundi 2009.01 and 2009.02
Chad 2003.06 and 2003.08
Guinea-Bissau 2008.30 and 2009.03
Maldive Islands 1994.01
Sao Tome and Principe 1993.01
Sierra Leone 1994.04
16.12.11The two 'Not identified' birds in Cuba 2011 MUSEO, are Puerto Rican Woodpecker and Yellow Oriole.
19.11.11The inscription on Guinea 2010.02 is Colibri thalassinus, which is an OK id for the depicted hummingbird.
The falcon on Kyrgyzstan 2011.01 has been identified by Chris Gibbins and his helpers as Eurasian Hobby Falco subbuteo.
13.09.11The inscription on Congo 2007.07 and 2007.08, first stamp, is Ciccaba woodfordii. This is probably meant for the hand fed bird on the stamp. But it is not easy to tell which species this bird is. The two birds in the background, however, are Great Grey Owl Strix nebulosa.
06.06.11Chris Gibbins reports that Sorin Cosoveanu of Rumania has suggested that the birds on Russian definitives of 1997 look like Siberian Cranes (Grus leucogeranus). I agree with this identification. The length of the beak, the forehead skin-patch, the tail's plumage and the white appearance fits well with Siberian Crane. I have changed the id to Siberian Crane.
15.05.11I did not want to accept the latest addition to Comoro Is as River Tern, as named on the stamp. The illustration did not look like any River Tern illustration I had available. But the illustration has been taken from a photo
I shall list the bird on the stamp as River Tern Sterna aurantia. This is a new bird species on stamp.
02.04.11Two birds in Gambia 1999.09 are not what the name on the stamp says. Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus is a better fit for the "GALAPAGOS HAWK". The "GREAT BLUE HERON" is a Yellow-crowned Night Heron Nyctanassa violacea.
22.03.11I have changed id for the condor on 2005.03 from Grenada from Californian Condor to Andean Condor Vultur gryphus. The condor on the stamp has a white collar which makes it Andean Condor.
03.03.11Two identifications have been made to the Mozambique 2007.07 Owls sheet.
17.12.10There has been a mix with names in my listing of USA 24.08.10 Hawaiian rain forest. The correct sequence for the last four birds are Akepa, Iivi, Omao and Apapane.
23.11.10The inscription on Comoros 2009.23 is Otus capnodes. However, Chris Gibbins has found that the illustration is taken from a print of Strix leptogrammica. The id on the Comoro page has been changed.
20.11.10Indonesia 05.11.1993 Flora and fauna day 300r: Nias Hill Myna Gracula robusta
Madagascar 1999 Birds of the world 2000f: Southern Hill Myna Gracula indica
Umm Al Qiwain 1972 Birds 1r: Southern Hill Myna Gracula indica
17.09.10The Bird-of-paradise in St Vincent & Grenadines 1998.06 is Raggiana Bird-of-paradise because the flank plumes are red, not yellow.
02.03.10The Syrian serin in the new Syria bird stamp issue does not look like a Syrian Serin. I have listed it as 'Not identified'. The illustrations in this set come from photos. After lots of Google image search, I finally found the 'Syrian serin'. It is a Cinereous Bunting Emberiza cineracea copied from the photo on this page: mutla.com
19.01.10I have changed id for Burkina Faso 2001.01 Birds 25f from Red-headed Weaver Anaplectes melanotis to Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea. The inscription on the stamp is Anaplectes rubriceps, which is Anaplectes melanotis (Red-headed Weaver) in IOC taxonomy. The illustrated bird has a black mask. One race of the Red-headed Weaver has black mask, but not as deep as shown on the illustrated bird, and because the bird is a bit yellowish, I believe Red-billed Quelea is the best fit.
09.01.10Some Bird-of-paradise corrections.
Papua New Guinea 1952.01, 1957.01 and 1960.01:
Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, not Goldie's Bird-of-paradise.
Papua New Guinea 2000.01 1k and 2000.02 1k:
Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, not Red Bird-of-paradise.
St Vincent & Grenadines 1998.06:
Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, not Greater Bird-of-paradise.
Trinidad & Tobago 1962.01:
Greater Bird-of-paradise, not Lesser Bird-of-paradise.
My source for these changes is advice from the Australian Bird-of-paradise experts Dawn and Clifford Frith.
01.01.10On the Bosnia Herzegovina (Sarajevo) 2008.01 0.70m stamp the bird's name is given as "Accipiter gentilis". I chose to give it the id of Accipiter nisus because there is no similarity to any illustration of Accipiter gentilis that I was familiar with. I have however learned that the juvenile female Goshawk Accipiter gentilis looks like the hawk on the stamp. I shall change id to Northern Goshawk Accipiter gentilis.
13.11.09I have changed id for the francolin in the Turkmenistan fauna, hologram 2008 issue from Black Francolin to Yellow-necked Spurfowl Pternistis leucoscepus. The yellow bare skin on throat and foreneck is diagnostic.
08.09.09I have changed id for the penguin in the latest Rumania issue from King Penguin to Emperor Penguin.
02.09.09I have changed id for the owl on Sao Tome and Principe 2008.08 listed as African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis) to Collared Scops-Owl (Otus lettia). The photograph on the stamp is on Birding in Taiwan
04.08.09I agree with Chris Gibbins and have changed my id of the 2008 Zambia oxpecker to Red-billed Oxpecker Buphagus erythrorhynchus.
22.07.09On the Uganda 1992.02 150s stamp the bird's name is given as "Cossypha heuglini". English name on the stamp is "WHITE-BROWN ROBIN CHAT". It should read BROWED not BROWN. However, the bird illustrated on the stamp is not Cossypha heuglini because it lacks the black hood characteristic for the White-browed Robin-Chat. But in Uganda there is one more Cossypha species: Archer's Ground Robin Cossypha archeri. In my opinion this is the species featured on the Uganda stamp. This will be a new species on stamp. The best photograph I can find online is here: Western Uganda's forests. (Archer's Robin-chat).
20.07.09The thrush in Kenya 1984.01 has been listed by me as Olive Thrush Turdus olivaceus. Inscription on the stamp is Turdus helleri. In IOC taxonomy this is a species, split from Olive Thrush. Thus, this will be a new species in my listings, Taita Thrush Turdus helleri.
18.07.09Malagasy's Sacred Ibis has been moved back to African Sacred Ibis. The eye colour fits better for African than Malagasy Sacred Ibis.
I have changed id for the 2001.01 Congo (Kinshasa) Bushshrike from Gorgeous Bushshrike Chlorophoneus viridis to Four-colored Bushshrike Chlorophoneus quadricolor because visible underparts are orange (not green).
06.07.09I have changed id for the sacred ibisis of British Indian Ocean Territory, Madagascar and Malagasy from African Sacred Ibis to Malagasy Sacred Ibis Threskiornis bernieri.
23.05.09What has formerly been one species, Cape Parrot (Brown-necked Parrot), in my listings, are two species in IOC taxonomy: Brown-necked Parrot Poicephalus fuscicollis and Cape Parrot Poicephalus robustus. The Brown-necked Parrot has two subspecies. Poicephalus fuscicollis fuscicollis with range south western Africa. Poicephalus fuscicollis suahelicus, also called Grey-headed Parrot, with range east central south Africa. I have changed id for the Cape Parrots of Guinea-Bissau 2008.23 and Zimbabwe 2000.01 to Brown-necked Parrot Poicephalus fuscicollis. The Brown-necked Parrot is a new species in my listings.
05.05.09I have changed id for the latest Portugal issue from European Stonechat to Bearded Tachuri Polystictus pectoralis. Source Chris Gibbins.