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21 June 2010

Birds of the Serbian cities

22d : House Sparrow (家麻雀)
33d : Caucasus Black Redstart (高加索赭紅尾鴝)


46d : Rock Pigeon (原鴿) ; 50d : Great Tit (大山雀)
Serbia (2010)

12th April, 2010. Belgrade (first day postmark)
26th April, 2010. Kanjiza
5th May, 2010. Hongkong


In last month (April, this post was written on mid-May), Serbia Post issued a set of attractive bird stamps with Serbian city sights, they are Pigeon Highflier, Great Tit, House Sparrow and Black Redstart respectively. These four birds are commonly to be found in south-east European countries, especially in the cities of this area. The Pigeon Highflier, also calls Rock Pigeon but the stamp shown Serbia one is in oddly reddish colour. House Sparrow is widely lives in Eurasian area, however due to the destruction of environment, the bird near extinct in Guangdong area of China except Hongkong and Macao. Black Redstart, formally called Caucasus Black Redstart Phoenicurus ochruros ochruros is a sub-species of Black Redstart which only to be found in Eastern Europe and Caucasus.

Each stamp designs match major signature of each cities. Rock Pigeon shown the castle nearby Tašmajdan Park, Belgrade. There is one of the famous places to see pigeon in the world. Great Tit stamp illustrates panorama of Subotica in background, the building looks like local town hall. Subotica is a border city of Serbia with 10 thousands population. The stamp of House Sparrow also illustrates sight of Belgrade, but it is Kalemegdan and the shore Sava River. The last one, Black Redstart shown Lazaric Church of Kruševac.

This pair of beautiful first day covers also have attractive illustrations Common Dove and Rock Pigeon separately, thanks Lajsák of his great help who sent me the covers from Kanjiza.
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