January 16, four postage stamps featuring woodpeckers to be put into circulation in the “Fauna of Russia” series


Woodpeckers are key representatives of the family Picidae who are part of the order Piciformes. Most members of the family are characterised by a chisel-shaped beak that they use to peck into bark and boon of a tree to take out food – insects and their larvae. Almost all species are nonmigratory or nomadic; they are tree climbers and reluctant short-distance flyers. 14 species of this family are found throughout the territory of Russia.

The postage stamps depict a green woodpecker, great spotted woodpecker, black woodpecker and lesser spotted woodpecker.

In addition to the postage stamps, JSC “Marka” is to issue a FDC and a special cancellation postmark for Moscow as well as a souvenir set with an illustrated cover

Design: V. Beltyukov.
Face value: 35 RUB.
Size of stamp: 42×30 mm, size of sheet: 70×94 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 8 (2×4) stamps.
Circulation: 60 thousand sheets.

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