A postage stamp on the Nature Conservation Series “Short–tailed Albatross” :
Issued by Japan
Issued on Jan 16, 1975
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 20 Yen
Size of impression : 35.5 mm x 25 mm
Quantity issued : 40,000,000 stamps
- As the first of the Nature Conservation Series featuring the birds a 20 yen postage stamp will be issued depicting “An albatross“.
- The albatross (Diomeda albatrus) is a giant sea bird with a wing span of 2 or 3 metres. It breeds (from November to March) in the Torishima (literally a bird island) of the Izu Islands and about in May when its nesting leaves the nest, starts from the island and is on the wing over the North Pacific Ocean. Since 1887, due to the feather gathering a lot of the albatrosses have been captured and killed and on the brink of extinction. At present only 100 or so of them are reported to be in existence.
- The albatross is designated as natural monument as well as an international protected bird.