Songbirds Forever

Songbirds

What’s better than seeing a colorful collection of songbirds gracing letters across America? The answer is best explained by the talented creatures themselves – in their own language.

The new Songbirds stamps, released on April 5, depict 10 artistically crafted images of popular songbirds from across the land. To accompany the release of these vocally gifted birds, audio samples of their melodic musings are available for the listening pleasure of all.

The stamps depict: the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), the mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides), the western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), the painted bunting (Passerina ciris), the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula), the evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), the scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), the rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), the American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) and the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).

Between 4,000 and 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs. Some songbirds, like the crow, have harsh voices, others sing rarely or not at all. All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes pointing forward and one pointing backwards, they can grip branches and grasses with ease.

The new Songbirds stamps are available as First-Class Forever stamps in books of 20 and can be ordered here.

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2 Comments

  1. grannybunny

     /  April 11, 2014

    The birdsongs are awesome!

  2. Jonn

     /  April 11, 2014

    I bet someday audio reproduction technology will be small enough to fit inside a stamp for minimal cost. Can you imagine touching a stamp and having it play sounds from the image on it? Now that would be cool! People would load up on the stamps to send to others. In the meantime, this collection of birdsongs on the internet is cool too. 🙂

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