Complete Set of 4 nos of commemorative postage stamps on the Indian Raptors :
Issued by India
Issued on Dec 30, 1992
Issued for : The Dept. of Posts has brought out a number of stamps on the flora and fauna of this country. This series is on a set of birds of which are an endangered species.
Picture : Different Birds of Prey :- 200 p – Osprey [Pandion Haliaetus Haliaetus], 600 p – Shaheen Falcon [Falco Peregrinus Peregrinator], 800 p – Bearded Vulture [Gypaetus Barbatus Aureus] and 1100 p – Himalayan Golden Eagle [Aquila Chrysaetos Daphanea].
Stamps : J. P. Irani
FDC / Catchet : Shankha Samantha
Type : Stamps, Postal Used and First Day Cover
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 200, 600, 800, 1100 P
Overall size : 3.91 x 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 x 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 x 13
Paper : Imported Un W/M gravure coated gummed stamp paper
Number Printed : 10,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printed : India Security Press
- 3. Gypateus Barbatus Aureus (Himalayan Bearded Vulture)
A large, impressive, eagle-like vulture with an over (9ft.) wing span, a ‘beard’ of stiff, bristle like feathers. Found in the Himalayas from Ladakh, Kashmir, to NE Assam, at elevations of 1200 to 4000 metres. It soars to immense heights near mountain slopes or valleys. It drops large bones on rocks from a height of 50 to 70 metres, and the splintered bones and marrow form part of its diet. Unlike other vultures, it can take off the ground without a preliminary run.
- 4. Aquila Chrysaetos Daphanea (Himalayan Golden Eagle)
This majestic, large and powerful eagle with a wing span of over 6 feet prefers desolate and rugged mountain sites with crags and precipices. Found in altitudes of 1850 to 5500 metres from western Himalayas to Eastern Assam. They hunt singly or in pairs swooping down on its prey with terrific velocity.
- Text : J. P. Irani.