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11 March 2009

Fijian fruit doves

From left to right :
50c : Many-coloured Fruit-Dove (雜色果鳩)
65c : Crimson-crowned Fruit-Dove (緋紅頂果鳩)
90c : Velvet Dove (黃頭果鳩) ; $3,00 : Orange Dove (橙色果鳩)
Fiji (2009)
17th February, 2009. Suva (features first day illustrated postmark)
6th March, 2009. Registration office, Fiji

This year Fiji Post issues four Ptilinopus (鳩鴿科) stamps for annual bird theme, those four doves may very common in south-west Pacific or endemic to Fiji. Many-coloured Fruit-Dove as same as its name, it has colourful feather and lives in Fiji, the Samoan Islands and Tonga. Crimson-crowned Fruit-Dove also can be found in same area, but sometimes it lives in Marshall Islands to Micronesia. Velvet Dove and Orange are endemic to Fiji, Velvet Dove can be found in Kadavu and Ono in the Kadavu Group but Orange Dove lives in the forests of Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Rabi, Kioa, Qamea and Laucala islands.

The above cover is self-printed envelope, which special for this issue, however the registered label overlapped the illustration. The postmark, is illustrated Many-coloured Fruit-Dove, it is not clear enough as the ink seem colourless.
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