Five Birds Of Prey Featured On New USPS Stamps

You’re not likely to see them at the bird feeder, but predatory birds, sometimes called raptors, are among the most breathtaking winged animals you’re likely to encounter in the wild.

Unlike many of their more delicate relatives, birds of prey are carnivorous and use their powerful talons to capture prey. Their exceptionally keen eyesight allows them to see small objects in detail, even from a great distance. As predators high on the food chain, raptors play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature.

Because they require vast tracts of land for successful hunting and nesting, human development is a large threat to the over 500 species of birds of prey. Loss of habitat means that surviving birds must hunt and build their nests closer to human populations where ATVs, pesticides, landfills and poaching post even greater threats.

To celebrate and help draw attention to these unsung kings of the sky, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stunning set of three-ounce rate stamps by featuring bird portraits by illustrator Robert Giusti.

Appearing from the neck up will be the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), and northern harrier (Circus cyaneus).

Preview the stamps below before they’re released on January 20, 2012:

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Image Credit: Flickr – insecta62

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

love it

Nicole P.
Nicole Sedkowski3 years ago

Neat! I hope this has the desired effect!

tiffany t.
tiffany t.3 years ago

I love birds esp birds of prey

Rose Balcom
Rose Balcom3 years ago

All are such beautiful birds!

John Mansky
John Mansky3 years ago

Nice stamps.Thanks for the article...

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 years ago

This is so great! I collect stamps!

Bahir Turan Pekmezci

Sooo good idea. Ilove them.

Bahir Turan Pekmezci

Sooo good idea. Ilove them.

Bahir Turan Pekmezci

Sooo good idea.Ilove tmem

Valarie Snell
Valarie Snell3 years ago

great story