Title : Postage Stamps of Bird Series (2nd Issue)
Stamp Serial#
1019 
KPC#
C-708 
MICHEL#
1045 
StanGib#
1244 
Scott#
1018 
Date of Issue
05/20/1976 
Quantity
4,000,000 
Denomination
20 won 
Design
Tristram's Woodpecker 
Designer
Kim, Sung Sil 
Image Area
23mmí┐33mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
4í┐5 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Government Printing & Mint Agency of the Republic of Koera 
Description
The Ministry of Communications is issuing the second part of a series of bird postage stamps with Fairy Pitta and Tristram's Woodpecker as its theme.

1. Fairy Pitta:
The Fairy Pitta, a forest bird, is about 18cm long, plump and of bright colour with long legs and a short tail. This bird has the plumage of all the colours of the rainbow, with the back and wings green, shoulders and rump cobalt blue, and tail black. A local summer visitor from late May to mid-September, it breeds in this country and leaves for the south to spend winter. It lives on the ground and feeds by scratching for insects, ants, ect, among fallen leaves. This bird is rarely seen on the southern slopes of Mt. Halla on Cheju-do and some of the other islands off the south coast.

2. Tristram's Woodpecker:
Tristram's Woodpecker, a very rare resident and endemid bird in Korea, is a large woodpecker of 46cm long. Its upperparts, throat and upper breast are black while the remainder of its underparts and rump are white. The male bird has a crimson crown and crimson cheek patches. Living in mature forest, it was formerly fairly common in the forests in Kangwon-do and Kyounggi-go but although it is protected as a Natural Treasure, it has decreased in numbers and is now on the verge of extinction. A single bird was observed at the Kwangnung Experimantal Forest Station in 1969 and 1970 respectively.