Welcome to my collection. My topic is birds and I collect mostly covers but I will show you a variety of philatelic material that is part my collection.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Cover from Sri Lanka

Hello everyone, I am sorry for my long absence from this blog.  I finally found enough time to scan new items and show them here.    Thank you Ravindra Ratnapala for this excellent cover from Sri Lanka.  The bird stamps were issued in 2003 and they are coming from a set of 25 stamps.  From left to right:
Tricoloured Munia (Lonchura malacca): It is a finch native to Sri Lanka and India mainly in wet grasslands habitats.  It has been introduced to other countries too.  It has two subspecies.  It feeds on grain and other seeds.
Pompadour Green Pigeon (Treron pompadora): It is a species of pigeon found in southern and southeast Asian forests.  It has six subspecies although some countries consider them different species.  It feeds on fruit, seeds and plants.
Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala): This parrot is endemic to the Indian subcontinent in forests and open woodlands.  It can be found as a pet.
Coppersmith Barbet or Crimson-breasted Barbet (Megalaima haemacephala): It can be found in south and southeast Asia in gardens, groves and sparse woodlands.  It feeds on fruit, berries and insects.  It has nine subspecies.
Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica): This species was shown on a cover from Malaysia. 

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