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Rare owls on Lithuanian Postage Stamps

Rare owls on Lithuanian Postage Stamps
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Postage stamps from the series The Red Book of Lithuania was supplemented by two new postage stamps dedicated to endangered birds, namely the barn owl and the Eurasian pygmy owl. The new stamps were released on April 5.

Each stamp was released in the edition of 80 thousand copies. The nominal values of the stamps are LTL 2 for the stamp featuring the Barn Owl, and LTL 3 for the one with the Eurasian Pygmy Owl. The author of the both stamps is Irma Balakauskaitė.

Along with the stamps, the first day cover and the first day sheet was released. To commemorate each species, two maximum cards and a booklet in the edition of 5000 copies was issued. On Saturday letter-post items paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

The Barn Owl (Tyto alba) is especially rare bird inscribed into the Red Book of Lithuania. The barn owl tends to dwell in pastures, in hilly plots with plenty of uncut grass, and the places with a large population of rodents. They feed on mice, voles, shrews, and crickets.

The Eurasian Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) is one of rare owl species inscribed into The Red Book of Lithuania. Usually it is found in coniferous woods. They nest in trees and artificial cavities: woodpecker’s hollows, starling’s nesting-boxes, or hollows.

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