Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds on cover from Sweden

This fantastic looking souvenir sheet is Swedish issue for Europa CEPT 2019 National Birds, issued on 9.5.2019. Both birds on stamps are common or Eurasian blackbirds (Turdus merula), a species of true thrush. It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia and New Zealand. They also live in Serbia, and they had nest in my yard! The adult male of the nominate subspecies, which is found throughout most of Europe, is all black except for a yellow eye-ring and bill and has a rich, melodious song; the adult female and juvenile have mainly dark brown plumage. This species breeds in woods and gardens, building a neat, mud-lined, cup-shaped nest. It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

Thank you so much, Henrik!

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