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Bird of the year. Hoopoe stamp from Belarus

Bird of the year. Hoopoe stamp from Belarus
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The Byelorussian post issued a stamp "Hoopoe" from the series "Bird of the year".

The stamp was issued with the assistance of the public organization "Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny" (Protection of Homeland Birds) and bears logos of the International organization for the protection of birds "BirdLife International" and the Belarus public organization "Ahova ptushak Batskaushchyny" (APB).

StampNews.com inquired about this beautiful species. The Hoopoe (Upupa epops) is a colourful bird that is found across Afro-Eurasia, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers. The Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 25–32 cm long, with a 44–48 cm wingspan weighing 46–89 g. The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base. The strengthened musculature of the head allows the bill to be opened when probing inside the soil. The hoopoe has broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight; these are larger in the northern migratory subspecies.

The Hoopoe has a characteristic undulating flight, which is like that of a giant butterfly, caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequence of beats.

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