Sunday, August 15, 2010

Migratory waterbird on Lietuva stamps

Lithuania has concerned with the Migratory Waterbird , on 1991 has issued two single stamps depicts Grus grus or the Common Crane (50)and the Black Stork or Ciconia nigra (30+15)

The Ciconia nigra or Black Stork is a large wading bird in the stork family Ciconiidae. It is a widespread, but rare, species that breeds in the warmer parts of Europe, predominantly in central and eastern regions.

The Black Stork is a large bird, nearly 1 m tall with a 1.8 m wingspan, weighing around 3 kilograms. It is all black except for the white belly and axillaries, and its red bill and legs. It walks slowly and steadily on the ground. It flies with its neck outstretched. The Black Stork feeds on amphibians and insects. This is a shy and wary species.The Black Stork is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African–Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Grus grus or the Common Crane , also known as the Eurasian Crane, is a bird of the family Gruidae, the cranes. It is a large, stately bird and a medium-sized crane at 100–130 cm long, with a 180–240 cm wingspan and a weight of 4.5–6 kg. It is grey with a white facial streak and a bunch of black wing plumes. Adults have a red crown patch. It has a loud trumpeting call, given in flight and display. It has a dancing display, leaping with wings uplifted.

Grus grus breeds in wetlands in northern parts of Europe and Asia. The global population is in the region of 210,000-250,000, with the vast majority nesting in Russia and Scandinavia. It is a long distance migrant wintering in Africa (south to Morocco and Ethiopia), southern Europe, and southern Asia (south to northern Pakistan and eastern China). Migrating flocks fly in a V formation.

Grus grus is omnivorous, eating leaves, roots, berries (including notably the cranberry, which is probably named after the species), insects, small birds and mammals.
The Common Crane or Grus grus is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

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