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Postal Stamp Image : WHITE WINGED WOOD DUCK 1159 Indian Post
Stamp Issue Date : 18/05/1985
Postage Stamp Dinomination : 2.00
Postal Stamp Serial Number : 1159
Postal Stamp Name : WHITE WINGED WOOD DUCK
Stamp Information : WHITE WINGED WOOD DUCK The white winged wood duck is a large duck, with a black body, a white head thickelly spotted with black, conspicuous white patches on the wings and red or orange eyes. Its average length is about 81 cms. The sexes are more or less alike, the male having more gloss on the pulmage and being much larger and heavier. Its voice is distinctive and ghostly, and accounts for the Assamese name 'Deo Hans' or Spirit Duck. In Burma, it is called 'Mandali', and in Indonesia 'Itik Hutan', or Forest Duck. The White Winged Wood Duck is essentially a resident of the dense tropical evergreen forest. It prefers to live in inaccessible swampy areas formed by numerous rivers, streams, creeks, etc. This duck is generally found in pairs or in small parties of four to six, though parties of more than 10 are also recorded. It is a shade loving bird keeping most of the day in secluded jungle pools, occasionally perching on the trees during the day. It moves from its feeding ground in open waters after dusk and remains active throughout the night till early morning. The adults are largely omnivorous. The food consists of both plants and animal material, aquatic plants, shield of wild and cultivated plants, aquatic insects, crustaceans, molluses, frogs, snakes and fishes. The ducklings seems to start feeding entirely on small animals, progressively expanding their diet to include insects, worms, small snails and fish. The usual call of the m mentioned districts of Assam. However, during the later half of the century the population of this duck has gone down alarmingly. In 1952, the bird was declared to be one of the most threatened species of the ducks of North Eastern India, by the Indian Wild Life Board and was placed on the special protection list. The primary factor affecting the population of the Wood Duck is the disturbance and destruction of the rain forest habitant. In nearly all instances this has been due to the activities of man. The survival of the species appears to depend on the continued existence of dense, undisturbed primary rain forest in South-East Asia. Department of Posts is proud to issue a special postage stamp on this endangered species. (The above text is based on material published elsewhere).
Philatelic Stamp Description : Description of Designs The 200 P. denomination stamp depicts the White Winged Wood Duck has designed by India Security Press, Nashik based on the material supplied by World Life Fund, India. The cancellation is designed by Alka Sharma.
Stamp Currency : R
Stamp Type : COMMEMORATIVE
Stamp Language : English
Stamp Overall Size : 3.34 x 2.8
Postal Stamp Print Size : 2.987 x 2. cms.
Number of Stamps Per Sheet : 42
Stamp Perforations : 13 x 13
Postal Stamp Shape : Horizontal
Postage Stamp Paper : Unwatermarked adhesive coated paper
Indian Stamp Process : Photogravure
Number of stamps printed : 15,00,000
Stamp Printed At : India Security Press
Indian Stamp's Color : Multicolour
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