Title: Regular/Definitive Stamp (50 won) 
Stamp Serial#
2452 
KPC#
445 
Scott#
2180 
Date of Issue
09/01/2005 
Quantity
2,000,000 initial
To be issued as required 
Denomination
50 won 
Design
Korean wood owl
Strix aluco 
Designer
Shin Jae-yong 
Image Area
19mm x 22mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10 x 10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Printing process
and colors
Photogravure four colors 
Print
Korea Minting and Security Printing Corporation 
Description
In accordance with the periodic replacement plan of definitive postage stamps, a stamp depicting a Strix aluco, or Korean wood owl, will be issued on the September 1st of 2005, replacing the 50 won "watercock" stamp, in issue since February 19th 1998.

A distinctive feature of Korean wood owl is a round head, as it doesn't have feathers on the top of its head that look like ears, unlike the common scops owl. The color of its body is grayish brown and it has a crooked yellow beak with green tints. The Korean wood owl, with an average length of 35cm, rests on tree branches during the days and gets active after sunset, when its highly sensitive eyesight and hearing abilities enable it to catch prey. A rare resident bird, it inhabits dense woods and is seen breeding in the Gwangneung woods in Namyangju-gun, Gyeonggi-do Province. It lays eggs in the holes of old trees and preys on insects, small birds, and wild rats. The Korean wood owl is a protected species, having been designated as Natural Monument No. 324.