Turkey: Birds 2004

(Click on each stamp to see an enlargement)

Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus)
(Regulus ignicapillus)
Rueppell's Warbler (Sylvia rueppelli)
Rueppell's Warbler
(Sylvia rueppelli)
Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta)
Melodious Warbler
(Hippolais polyglotta)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
Eurasian Tree Sparrow
(Passer montanus)
Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps)
Red-headed Bunting
(Emberiza bruniceps)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
(Fringilla coelebs)
Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
Common Redstart
(Phoenicurus phoenicurus)
European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)
European Robin
(Erithacus rubecula)

This interesting set of definitive stamps has added two more species to my collection (the 2 warblers). There are a few unfortunate errors. The lowest value states that it shows Goldcrest (Regulus regulus), but the face markings and the golden patch on the neck indicate Firecrest (Regulus ignicapillus). A more obvious but similar error occurs on the 4th stamp which clearly shows Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) despite the name on the stamp. The next stamp shows a Red-headed Bunting (Emberiza bruniceps), a species likely to appear only as a vagrant in Turkey, as it breeds no closer than NE Iran. The closely related Black-headed Bunting (Emberiza melanocephala) is a common bird there and would have been a better choice for my collection.

These stamps will be added to my main collection pages at the end of January.

Added 11 January 2005

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