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Newsletter no. 74
25 March 2021

Bird of the Year (III). The Bearded Vulture

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On March 31, 2021 the State Service of Digital Development under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic puts into circulation a Kyrgyz Express Post postage stamp: “Bird of the Year (III). The Bearded Vulture”.

The Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) is a large bird of prey with a distinctive appearance: it has a bunch of black feathers under its beak, which forms a kind of “beard”. This bird belongs to the family Accipitridae.

In Kyrgyzstan, the Bearded vulture is found mainly in open, rocky, mountainous areas, at altitudes of 2,000 to 4,500 m above sea level. This bird lives at one of the highest altitudes of any bird of prey.

Bearded vultures play an important role in the ecological balance of nature. As they mainly feed on remains of dead animals, Bearded vultures serve as a natural sanitation service.

The Bearded vulture is listed in the Kyrgyz Republic Red Data Book, as well as in the IUCN Red List, where it is classified as an “NT” (near threatened) species. There are no accurate data on the number of Bearded vultures left in Kyrgyzstan.

For this stamp, KEP also issues a postcard, which is used to realize a maximum card.

Stamp description

No. 170. 175 KGS. The Bearded Vulture

Technical specifications

Paper: coated, gummed, 105 g/m².
Printing method: full-color offset lithography.
Stamp perforation: comb 14:14½.
Stamp size: 46.00 х 27.50 mm.
Stamp is issued in minisheets of 5 stamps (with 1 label).
Minisheet size: 113.00 x 108.00 mm.
Quantity issued: 5 000 pieces.
Designer: Daria Maier.
Printer House: “Nova Imprim” (Chișinău, Moldova).

A special cancellation on FDC will be carried out at the Bishkek KEP Office (729001) on the stamp issuing day.
The first day cover and special postmark
are designed by Daria Maier.
Cover size: С6 (162 х 114 mm).
Printing method: full-color offset.
Quantity issued: 250 pieces.
Endorsing ink color: black.

Postal card for maximum card is designed by Daria Maier.
Printing method – digital.
Quantity issued – 200 pieces each.

Stamps, maximum cards and FDCs can be purchased here.

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