Mexico: Conservation 2002

(Click on each stamp to see an enlargement)

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B ( )
C ( )
Cloud Forests
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E ( )
F ( )
Coastal Birds
G ( )
Tropical Wildlife
H ( )
Lakes and Lagoons

After the problematic sheets issued in 1996 and 1998, Mexico has issued a series of 22 stamps promoting conservation of its wildlife. The 8 stamps shown here all feature birds. Additionally, there is a second "Tropical Wildlife" stamp of the same design as the one above. Two of the stamps feature large flocks of gulls or terns that are probably unidentifiable.

The only other bird which I'm having a problem with is on the "Forests" stamp.

Update Michael Stupp has suggested that the bird of prey on the "Forests" stamp is almost certainly a White-tailed Hawk (Buteo albicaudatus) which has been depicted before on a stamp from the Netherland Antilles. "The grey upperparts with a very slight moustachial stripe and nearly white underparts bring me to that decision. The most important feature is the white tail (see English and Latin name) which is unfortunately covered by a tree."

Update 31/8/02 Kjell Scharning has suggested that the raptor on the "Forests" stamps is a juvenile Grey Hawk (Buteo nitidus). I've added a head and shoulders view of the bird taken from an image in "A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America" by Steve N.G. Howell and Sophie Webb (1995).

Please email me with your views.

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