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Nature Conservation
Singing Birds - Panurus biarmicus
Catalogue Number:  189
Stamp Design:  Zdeno Brázdil
Stamp Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  September 21, 1999
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Rotary-recess printing combined with offset
Print Run:  133,000
FDC Design:  Zdeno Brázdil
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Zdeno Brázdil
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10,000

Panurus biarmicus

Distinguished singing bird, bound in extensive reed vegetation. Panurus biarmicus is characterised by it's long gradual tail. The cock has a striking black strip in front of the head, so-called "bristle". It appears in our country from spring-time till autumn, it can pass the winter rarely. In the summer-time the couples stick together, but in other seasons they live in flocks. They make couples for whole life. Panurus biarmicus nest twice a year, from April till June. The nest is created by deep pit of last year rush, placed down below in a beach vegetation.

Drawing on the stamp illustrate Panurus biarmicus male on reed.

On the envelope, there is represented Oriolus oriolus near the nest with younglings. The bird of redwing size has very expressive colouring. It nest at our place once a year, from May till July. It lives in lusatians and mixed woods, parks, fruit orchards and on trees near the streams and rivers. The nest is built on a trees. This building is special between European breed birds. The basket is weaved from a plant steams and hang in crotch of horizontal branches, it's strong, wind-proof. Oriolus oriolus is a migratory breed, arrives in May, fly away on September. In a winter-time it lives in central Africa jungle.

Vladimír Slobodník

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