Venezuela: Inparques Toucan
Top 4 stamps of the Inparques sheet of 10
Top 4 stamps of the Inparques sheet of 10 issued in 2004
Cover of publicity leaflet about the Inparques issue
Cover of publicity leaflet about the Inparques issue

When I first found an image of this sheet on Stanley Gibbons new issues pages, I could easily make out the Andean Condor (Vultur gryphus), but I suspected that the boy on the top left stamp was holding a bird. Eventually, a correspondent in Venezuela sent me the sheet together with the publicity leaflet. This gave a much better view of the bird, which was clearly a type of Toucan (Ramphastidae).

Confirmation of the bird's identity as a Many-banded Aracari (Pteroglossus pluricinctus) came from Amado Summers who breeds Ramphastidae for the pet trade. His response to my enquiry was: "It's a baby Many Banded - before the beak has developed. Takes 6 months to a year or more for beaks in Toucans to achieve full size and color....Very rare bird here in the US only one facilty, a zoo, Dallas World Aquarium, holding a few pairs off exhibit,  I went and saw them in person for the first time recently.  A very large Aracari."

This is a new species for my collection.

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