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Graylag (Anser anser) lays its eggs on lowland all around Iceland and is the most common species of geese in the country. A count of graylag in Scotland early in the nineties revealed that the majority of the Icelandic stocks sojourn in Scotland during winter. The population was estimated at 80.000 individuals. They depart for their winter quarters late in October.

Starlings (sturnus vulgaris) are relatively new in Iceland. The first information about starlings laying eggs in Iceland came from Hornafjordur after 1940. Starlings arrived in the capital area around 1960 and are now some of the most common birds in the area. The stock numbers 5000-15.000 individuals in winter. Around 1.000- 2.000 pairs breed in summer.

Day of issue : 03-11-2005
Printing process : Offset
Number in Sheet : 10
Printer : Osterrichische Staatsdruckerei
Size : 30 x 40 mm
Designer : Ragnheidur I. Agustsdottir / Baldur Hlidberg
Value : 60, 105 ISK

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