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Petrels and Shearwaters on Stamps

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The oceans which surround the Falkland Islands are particularly rich in petrels and shearwaters (Procellaridae) which are among the most successful of all the world's bird families. The word Procellaridae derives from the Latin word procella (violent wind) and idae (family). All 80 species in this family are adapted to fly in wind and tend to be more concentrated in the windier latitudes. This issue features the four largest Procellarids which are known to breed in the Islands.

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