Critically endangered species depicted on stamp
For immediate release – 1 February, 2016
One of the world’s largest and most powerful eagles will feature on Guernsey Post’s miniature sheet, the latest stamp to be issued as part of its Endangered Species series (issue date: 17 February 2016).
The Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi) is one of the rarest species in the world and is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, with a wild population estimated to be fewer than 500.
Endemic to the Philippines, this stunning bird of prey is found on only four of over 7,000 islands in this region - Luzon, Samar, Leyte and Mindanao.
Habitat loss through forest destruction and fragmentation is the one of the main long-term threats to the Philippine Eagle, along with uncontrolled hunting. The birds are also vulnerable to accidental capture in traps intended for wild pigs and deer.
Growing up to a metre in length with a two-metre wingspan, yet swift and agile in the air, the Philippine Eagle has stunning brown and white plumage, a huge dark black bill with a tinge of blue and bright yellow feet.
“The Philippine Eagle has been illustrated by world renowned wildlife artist, Joel Kirk, who has worked on all of our endangered species stamps,” said Bridget Yabsley, acting head of philatelic at Guernsey Post.
“Joel has travelled the world to study wildlife in its natural habitat; he has an incredible eye for detail and we are delighted with his wonderful depiction of this species.”
The mini sheet is available to pre-order from 5 February 2015 at www.guernseystamps.com or by calling Philatelic Customer Services on (01481) 716486.