Friday, February 14, 2020

The Mediterranean Shag on cover from Monaco

The Mediterranean Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis desmarestii) with its dark, sleek appearance and distinguishing tuft of crown feathers which it sports during its winter breeding season is an endearing but reclusive coastal seabird that is endemic to the Mediterranean region. The Mediterranean Shag can be found in southern Europe and southwest Asia principally along the Mediterranean Sea coastline and, to a lesser extent, the Black Sea coast. It is one of three subspecies of the European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) with a unique history and culture that contribute to the natural beauty, rich biodiversity and remarkable productivity of the region’s extraordinary coastal and marine environment. Monaco Post issued this stamp on 7.6.2018.

Thank you, Rosmarie!

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