New postage stamps promote conservation of kingfishers

November 11, 2020 - 09:23

A postage stamp collection featuring kingfisher birds will be published by the Việt Nam Post on November 14.


The postage stamp collection featuring kingfishers is schedule to be published by the Việt Nam Post on November 14. Photo

HÀ NỘI  A postage stamp collection featuring kingfishers will be published by the Việt Nam Post on November 14.

Consisting of three 37-by-37-millimetre postage stamps and one 150-by-100-millimetre stamp block, the new collection aims to promote the bird conservation as well as to present the biological diversity of Việt Nam.    

Designed by painter Nguyễn Du of the Việt Nam Post, the collection features different kinds of kingfishers, including black-backed kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca), Blyth’s kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), stork-billed kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis), and black-capped kingfisher (Halcyon pileata).

Kingfishers are a family of small to medium-sized, brightly coloured birds, divided into three subfamilies – Alcedinidae, Halcyonidae, and Cerylidae. Kingfishers are widely seen in different continents in the world, with most species found in the tropical regions of Africa, Asia and Oceania.

While kingfishers are usually thought to live near rivers and eat fish, many species live away from water and consume small invertebrates.

Kingfishers often nest in holes, usually tunnels dug into the ground of water banks. Currently, some species of kingfisher are in danger of extinction, so conservation is a matter of concern of many countries, including Việt Nam.

Earlier, in March 1996, the Việt Nam Post has released another ‘Kingfisher’ stamp collection, featuring five birds of the family, including white-throated kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis), crested kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima), common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), ruddy kingfisher (Actenoides concretus), and pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis).

Both the current and the soon-released ‘Kingfisher’ collections will be available on the public postal network until June 30, 2022. VNS