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04 July 1991
3/1991
Commemorative Issue

Cyprus `Skalifourta` bird

Cyprus
One of the two endemic species of the genus Oenanthe to be found in Cyprus. Its length is 14.5 cm. It breeds almost everywhere on the island. By early November it migrates to Africa, mainly to Ethiopia to spend the winter. It returns y the end of February. The differences from the pied wheatear Oenanthe pleschanka are many, but the most striking is that Oenanthe Cypriaca shows almost no sexual dimorphism. They differ also significantly in various measurements and diagnostically in length of wing and in their singing.

Source: Department of Postal Services, Republic of Cyprus.

Juvenile bird just out of nest  

Juvenile bird just out of nest

Non-breeding adult in autumn plumage  

Non-breeding adult in autumn plumage

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Crown and hind neck are dull brown with some white feathers on hind head. The breast is almost orange buff and the rest of under-parts are paler buff.

Adult male is breeding plumage  

Adult male is breeding plumage

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With forehead, crown and hind neck pure white and a black spot at the base of the head.

Adult female in breeding plumage  

Adult female in breeding plumage

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It is much like the male but differs in ashy grey-brown crown with dark spots

Official First Day Covers

Official FDC Cyprus `Skalifourta` bird

Technical Information

Designer: Andreas Antis Ioannides
Size: 30 x 38 mm
Quantities:
c5: 300000
c30: 200000
c7: 750000
c15: 750000
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