Guinea Bissau: Fauna 2008

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Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Grey Heron
(Ardea cinerea)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Purple Heron
(Ardea purpurea)
Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath)
Goliath Heron
(Ardea goliath)
Black-headed Heron (Ardea melanocephala)
Black-headed Heron
(Ardea melanocephala)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Grey Heron
(Ardea cinerea)
Common Gonolek (Laniarius barbarus)
Common Gonolek
(Laniarius barbarus)
Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegala)
Black-crowned Tchagra
(Tchagra senegala)
Splendid Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis splendidus)
Splendid Glossy-Starling
(Lamprotornis splendidus)
White Helmetshrike (Prionops plumatus)
White Helmetshrike
(Prionops plumatus)
Western Plantain-eater (Crinifer piscator)
Western Plantain-eater
(Crinifer piscator)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelican
(Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Pink-backed Pelican (Pelecanus rufescens)
Pink-backed Pelican
(Pelecanus rufescens)
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus)
Greater Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus roseus)
Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor)
Lesser Flamingo
(Phoenicopterus minor)
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Great White Pelican
(Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus)
Glossy Ibis
(Plegadis falcinellus)
Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
Sandhill Crane
(Grus canadensis)
Grey Crowned-Crane (Balearica regulorum)
Grey Crowned-Crane
(Balearica regulorum)
Secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius)
Secretarybird
(Sagittarius serpentarius)
African Crake (Crecopsis egregia)
African Crake
(Crecopsis egregia)
Western Marsh-Harrier (Circus aeruginosus)
Western Marsh-Harrier
(Circus aeruginosus)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
Pallid Harrier
(Circus macrourus)
African Cuckoo-Hawk (Aviceda cuculoides)
African Cuckoo-Hawk
(Aviceda cuculoides)
Rueppell's Griffon (Gyps rueppellii)
Rueppell's Griffon
(Gyps rueppellii)
Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus)
Pallid Harrier
(Circus macrourus)
Pearl-spotted Owlet (Glaucidium perlatum)
Pearl-spotted Owlet
(Glaucidium perlatum)
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus)
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
(Bubo lacteus)
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl (Bubo lacteus)
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl
(Bubo lacteus)
Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
Black-headed Gull
(Larus ridibundus)
Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini)
Sabine's Gull
(Xema sabini)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
(Larus fuscus)
Grey-headed Gull (Larus cirrocephalus)
Grey-headed Gull
(Larus cirrocephalus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull
(Larus fuscus)
Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris)
Helmeted Guineafowl
(Numida meleagris)
Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus)
Red-billed Hornbill
(Tockus erythrorhynchus)
Great Blue Turaco (Corythaeola cristata)
Great Blue Turaco
(Corythaeola cristata)
Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani)
Crested Guineafowl
(Guttera pucherani)
Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani)
Crested Guineafowl
(Guttera pucherani)
Yellow-billed Stork (Mycteria ibis)
Yellow-billed Stork
(Mycteria ibis)
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Saddle-billed Stork
(Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Woolly-necked Stork (Ciconia episcopus)
Woolly-necked Stork
(Ciconia episcopus)
Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Marabou Stork
(Leptoptilos crumeniferus)
Saddle-billed Stork (Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Saddle-billed Stork
(Ephippiorhynchus senegalensis)
Sacred Ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Sacred Ibis
(Threskiornis aethiopicus)
Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps)
Indian Bustard
(Ardeotis nigriceps)
Yellow-necked Francolin (Francolinus leucoscepus)
Yellow-necked Francolin
(Francolinus leucoscepus)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Eurasian Spoonbill
(Platalea leucorodia)
Black-bellied Bustard (Lissotis melanogaster)
Black-bellied Bustard
(Lissotis melanogaster)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus)
Egyptian Goose
(Alopochen aegyptiacus)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern Pintail
(Anas acuta)
Spur-winged Goose (Plectropterus gambensis)
Spur-winged Goose
(Plectropterus gambensis)
White-faced Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna viduata)
White-faced Whistling-Duck
(Dendrocygna viduata)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Northern Pintail
(Anas acuta)
Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)
Grey Parrot
(Psittacus erithacus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
(Psittacula krameri)
Senegal Parrot (Poicephalus senegalus)
Senegal Parrot
(Poicephalus senegalus)
Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus)
Brown-necked Parrot
(Poicephalus robustus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Rose-ringed Parakeet
(Psittacula krameri)
Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
Malachite Kingfisher
(Alcedo cristata)
Blue-breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon malimbica)
Blue-breasted Kingfisher
(Halcyon malimbica)
Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)
Woodland Kingfisher
(Halcyon senegalensis)
American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea)
American Pygmy Kingfisher
(Chloroceryle aenea)
Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata)
Malachite Kingfisher
(Alcedo cristata)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Sandwich Tern
(Sterna sandvicensis)
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Gull-billed Tern
(Sterna nilotica)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Common Tern
(Sterna hirundo)
Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)
Royal Tern
(Sterna maxima)
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Gull-billed Tern
(Sterna nilotica)
Dark Chanting-Goshawk (Melierax metabates)
Dark Chanting-Goshawk
(Melierax metabates)
African Harrier-Hawk (Polyboroides typus)
African Harrier-Hawk
(Polyboroides typus)
White-headed Vulture (Trigonoceps occipitalis)
White-headed Vulture
(Trigonoceps occipitalis)
Hooded Vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)
Hooded Vulture
(Necrosyrtes monachus)
Black Kite (Milvus migrans)
Black Kite
(Milvus migrans)

This new series of fauna stamps produced for Guinea-Bissau and us collectors is a commendable attempt to cover species found in the country, though there are far too many stamps and some unnecessary duplication. With so many stamps, it is not surprising that a few errors have crept in. Using Google's image search, I have found a few of the original photographs on which the designs are based. The boars sheet has two errors, with the "Black-bellied" Bustard looking more like a Kori's, and the francolin has been produced from this photograph which actually shows Yellow-necked Francolin (Francolinus leucoscepus).

On the sheet with terns, there are two errors: the one labelled "Thallaseus maximus" looks more like a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), whereas the one labelled "Sterna dougalli" is based on this photograph of a Royal Tern (Sterna maxima).

In the kingfishers, the one labelled "Ispidina picta" is clearly a American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea), and not surprisingly, the wrong Crowned-crane has been used. Also, I will assume that the two oxpeckers on the Buffalo's back being watched by a Malachite Kingfisher are Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus).

No doubt a few more errors will be spotted as we find photographs that were used as the source for this series.

Updated 21 July 2008 The bird I originally listed as Kori Bustard (Ardeotis kori) is actually taken from this photograph of an Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps).

Updated 23 July 2008 I've added links to source photographs used by the stamp designer for 31 of the stamps.

Updated 24 July 2008 The bird originally listed as African Spoonbill (Platalea alba) is actually taken from this photograph of a Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia).

Updated 25 July 2008 The bird originally listed as Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maximus) is actually taken from this photograph of an American Pygmy Kingfisher (Chloroceryle aenea).

Updated 19 August 2008 The dancing crane is a Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis). The image is taken from this photograph.


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