Marshall Islands issues new stamps featuring native waterfowl

On February 10, 2010, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues eight new stamps depicting waterfowl of the Marshall Islands.

The Pintail Duck is easily recognized by its long slender neck and its graceful tail feathers. The Gadwall is a handsome dabbler, clad in a blend of black, white, brown and soft gray plumage. The Tufted Duck is one of the most abundant ducks found across the Palearctic area. A sociable duck, the Mallard frequently congregates with other duck species. Fleetest of all the large ducks, Canvasbacks are similar in size to Mallards but somewhat heftier. The Northern Shoveler often builds its nest in a grass-lined hollow on the high, dry ground of prairies. The Snow Goose sports a black "grinning patch" along the mandibles that lends it a leering expression. The European Widgeon, also known as the Eurasian Widgeon, is strongly migratory and winters further south than its breeding range.

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