Title : DEFINITIVE POSTAGE STAMP
Stamp Serial#
1937 
KPC#
392 
MICHEL#
1961 
StanGib#
Not listed 
Scott#
1843 
Date of Issue
12/15/1997 
Quantity
To be issued as required 
Denomination
170 won 
Design
Australian Curlew 
Designer
Kim, Im-yong 
Image Area
26mm*23mm 
Perforation
13 
Sheet Composition
10*10 
Paper
White unwatermarked
Print
Korea Security Printing and Minting Corporation 
Description
In order to enhance our wide variety of postage stamp designs, we are producing a brand new definitive postage stamp illustrating the Australian Curlew. The Ministry of Information and Communication introduced Frequency Modulated(FM) screening techniques into stamp printing to improve the quality of our postage stamps. The Australian Curlew stamp is the first defintive stamp the FM screening techniques has been applied to.

The Australian Curlew(Numenius Madagascariensis (LINNAEUS)), which belongs to the snipe classification, is a migratory bird which passes through Korea around May and again in early October. Curlews fly great distances to Australia, and, in fact, fly the farthest distance of any Korean migratory bird. The Australian Curlew, with a body length of 61.5cm, is the largest member of the snipe family comprised of more than 40 birds. Its features are mainly yellowish-brown with dark brown and black stripes, and its legs are pale blue grey. The throat is white, and its brown beak is a downward curve. Australian Curlews live mainly in salt marshes, muddy areas along the banks of rivers and the seaside, and in wetland areas. They usually live in muddy areas along the banks of the Nakdongkang River and of the west coast, as well as near Lake Chungcho in Sokcho City, Kangwon-do province, Korea. It breeds from June to July, and the hen lays 4 eggs. Australian Curlews walk in muddy areas along the banks of rivers or the seaside in shallow water to catch and eat crabs.

Nowadays, the protection of the ecosystem is a major issue throughout the world. In order to protect the ecosystem there is a movement to restore the marshes, an important habitat for plants and animals. Because Australian Curlews live in marshy areas, they represent an important parameter used to determine the conditions of the ecosystem. This stamp will give you an opportunity to see a handsome, long-beaked Australian Curlew.