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17 February 2010

Heisei definitive stamp

Chinese Spot-billed Duck (斑嘴鴨)
Japan (1994)

19th November, 2008. Okayama

To carry this maxicard, A stamped envelope which included on the packet when sent to Japan. The envelope affixed with a definitive stamp issued on early Heisei period, from 1992 to 1998. These twenty-something stamps illustrated domestic butterflies, birds and flowers of Japan, here has been shown Small Copper (紅灰蝶) and Mandarin Duck (鴛鴦) respectively.

Chinese Spot-billed Duck A. p. zonorhyncha is a subspecies of Indian Spot-billed Duck (印度花嘴鴨), which is a migratory bird breed in north-east Asia, mostly visible in Japan, Korean Peninsula and north-east of China. In winter it will fly to south and stay in south-east Asian countries like Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, some birds may fly to Australia or the islands of South Pacific.
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