Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Peafowl from China

The peafowl is a non-migrant bird.  There are only two species of it in the world.  The green ones (Pavo muticus) are found in western and southern Yunnan of China and Southeast Asia, and the blue ones (Pavo cristanis) inhabit India and Sri Lanka.  The white peafowl is the albino aberrant form of the blue peafowl. 

Peafowl dwell in subtropical grasslands and jungles less than 2000 metres above sea level.  They usually move in flocks of 3 or 5 and feed on grass, seeds, fruits and insects.  The male bird is over 2 metres in length, in iridescent blue and green, with a crest and tail coverts.  The coverts make a splendid fan when spread, and are like a beautiful curtain when closed.  The female does not have tail coverts and is pale brown on the back. Peafowl are precious birds that people love as a symbol of auspiciousness.

China Post issued on April 13, 2004 the above set of 2 stamps (2004-6) depicting the green peafowl (representing grace) and the white one (representing charm).  Thank you very much Wei for this beautiful cover posted from Suzhou. =)

Mailing date: 27 September 2011
Delivery date: 28 October 2011

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Large Indian Civet in Singapore

Singapore Post issued a set of 14 definitive stamps on the Fauna and Flora of Singapore on June 7, 2007.  The denominations range from 5 cents to $10.  The $1,10 stamp, which is affixed on the cover above posted from Rochor Road Post Office, depicts the Large Indian Civet.

The Large Indian Civet (Viverra zibetha) is a grizzled greyish brown mammal native to Southeast Asia.  The species is classified as Near Threatened, mainly because of the known heavy trade as wild meat.  They are nocturnal and solitary beings.  In essence, Large Indian Civets are terrestrial, yet they could climb as well.  One marks his own place via the gland secretions, and this is not just for "territorial purposes", but as a simple means of identification of the place.  It produces a substance called 'civet', which is used commercially in perfumes.

Mailing date: 29 December 2011
Delivery date: 10 January 2012