Monday, September 17, 2018

Endangered Species, United Nations (NY)

A Sunday Stamps post done on a Monday... but at least I didn't totally miss it like last time.

I wanted to do something Entertaining today, but then the choice fell on this set of Endangered Species issued by the UN postal department in New York.

Issued on 7th of September 2011, four different endangered birds are represented.

- the Leucopsar rothschildi or more commonly known as the Bali myna, which is is critically endangered and fewer than 100 adults are assumed to currently exist in the wild.
It is restricted to the island of Bali (and its offshore islands) in Indonesia, where it is the island's only endemic vertebrate species.

- The Gymnogyps californianus (California condor ) -  a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured), but the species has since been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah,  the coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus Gymnogyps. The species is listed by the IUCN as critically endangered.

- The red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Manchurian crane or Japanese crane   -  a large East Asian crane among the rarest cranes in the world. In some parts of its range, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity, and fidelity.

-  The black-fronted piping guan (Pipile jacutinga)  - a bird in the chachalaca, guan and curassow family Cracidae. This species occurs in Atlantic Forests in south-eastern Brazil and adjacent Argentina and Paraguay. It has become quite rare in recent decades due to hunting and habitat destruction.

Often this type of Endangered species stamps focus on one country (the issuing one of course). I like it how here birds from different parts of the world have been covered. I just wonder if Man will ever come to his senses and stop hunting animals for pure pleasure and profit....

Hopefully I will manage to check out all the other posts tonight or tomorrow - all can be seen here


  1. Love the myna plumage. I like how there are different aspects of birds on the stamps.

  2. Excellent choice! I always admire efforts to give more attention to the endangered species.

  3. Four great stamps. Love the crane especially.

  4. Good choie. I like the most when the animals are depicted in motion, like the crane.