This stamp issue, produced in association with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), illustrates the National Bird of the
Long ago, these beautiful birds were found all over the
The flamingo has a large breeding colony on Great Inagua. It is one of three major nesting groups found in the West Indian region. The other two being in the
Chicks reach their adult size in 1½ to 2 years and don't have their adult plumage for 2 – 4 years. In the wild, the flamingo can typically live for up to 30 years. In captivity this can be longer.
Flamingos are very skittish and will fly away if disturbed. They are very vocal and have numerous calls. Breeding pairs have location calls to help locate each other and alarm calls are used to warn the group of danger. The usual call is a loud goose-like honking sound. The chicks even make calls while they are in the egg, which their parents learn to recognize.
The flamingo prefers areas with plenty of mud and water such as mudflats, brackish lakes and shallow coastal lagoons where it uses its backwards bending legs to stir up the mud in search of food which comprises seeds, blue-green algae, crustaceans and molluscs. This is then filtered through two rows of lamellae or comb-like bristles that line the inside of its bill and trap the food. It also has bristles on its tongue that help it filter food out of the water. They will feed at any time of the day or night. When an area no longer provides sufficient food the flamingos will migrate to another area at night.
They are sociable creatures and live and breed in large colonies of several hundred or even thousands of individuals.
Set – 15c, 50c, 65c, 70c
S/S - $5
Sheetlet of 16 - $8 (note all stamps in sheetlet 'bleed off' at edge)
Designer Owen Bell
Printer BDT International
Process Stochastic Lithography
Perforation 13 per 2cms
Stamp size 28.45 x 42.58mm
Sheet Layout 10
Sheetlet layout 16 (4x4)
Sheetlet size 190 x 210mm
Souvenir Sheet size 90 x 70mm
Release Date 21 March, 2012
Production Co-ordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd
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