posterPos Malaysia Berhad issued special stamps featuring the uniqueness of herons and bitterns tomorrow, with birds being a popular theme for stamps worldwide.

60sen – Pucung Kuak
70sen – Pucung Keladi
80sen – Pucung Seriap
RM5 – Pucung Bendang (MS)
Sheets: 60sen x 20, 70sen x 20, 80sen x 20

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sheet1Pucung Kuak
Black-crowned Night Herons are small stocky, short-legged compared to other herons. They are handsomely attired in a tri-colour plumage of black, grey and white, with two long plumes on the nape.
Night Herons are very aggressive and steal eggs and young of other heron colonies.
Black Crowned Night Herons eat a wide range of prey from aquatic invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles to land invertebrates including small mammals.
Prey is shaken vigorously until stunned or killed and then juggled about in the beak and swallowed head first.herons60_1

sheet2The striated heron (Butorides striata) – Pucung Keladi
The striated heron also known as mangrove heron, little heron or green-backed heron, is a small heron. Striated herons are mostly non-migratory and noted for some interesting behavioral traits.
Little Herons are often encountered at Sungei Buloh Nature Park, hunched into a compact egg-shape on a branch over the water, motionless but intently looking out for prey.
Little Herons use a wide variety of hunting techniques, but usually hunt from cover and rarely forage on the open mudflats. herons70_1

sheet3Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) – Pucung Seriap
The grey heron (Ardea cinerea), is a wading bird of the heron family Ardeidae, native throughout temperate Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa.
Grey heron is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm tall and measuring 84–102 cm long with a 155–195 cm wingspan.
Grey Herons have long necks and powerful bills for a long and strong reach. They usually wait on the mud or at the water’s edge to snatch passing aquatic prey. They can stand motionless for hours. herons80_1

KUALA LUMPUR, Wednesday – Pos Malaysia Berhad will issue special “bird stamps”, a popular theme for stamps worldwide.

The first stamps in this avian series were issued in 1965. Since then, there have been 12 collections, the last being the Woodpecker series in 2013.

In continuing with this tradition, Pos Malaysia will be issuing a special collection of stamps and philatelic items on Thursday, 25 June 2015, this time featuring the uniqueness of Herons and Bitterns.

“Herons and Bitterns were chosen to increase public awareness and promote the conservation of herons and their habitats worldwide. There are 19 species of these birds found in Malaysia, 7 of which can be observed at the Kuala Selangor Nature Park,” said Azlan Shahrim, Covering Group Chief Executive Officer of Pos Malaysia.

The stamps measuring 30mm X 40mm are available in two denominations, 60 sen and 70 sen for vertical format and 80 sen for horizontal format.

A special feature of this issue is that the miniature sheets are die-cut to follow the shape of the bird. This collection will feature four stunning species, namely the Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), the Little Heron (Butorides striatus), the Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea) and the Cinnamon Bittern (Ixobrychus cinnamomeus).

Herons are freshwater and coastal birds belonging to the family Ardeidee. They are generally aquatic birds, relatively tall and thin, with long necks and legs, large sharply pointed bills, huge moveable eyes, and broad wings. There are 64 recognised species worldwide.

“The heron is a beautiful creature, exhibiting grace, and noble stature. In Egypt, the heron is honoured as the creator of light. A double headed heron is symbolic of prosperity. As a Chinese symbol, the heron represents strength, purity, patience and long life.” added Azlan.

Although birds have been featured many times in the past 50 years, herons have only appeared in one stamp in each of the following issues – Migratory Birds of Malaysia and Unique Birds of Malaysia.