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Belted Kingfisher

Migratory Wildlife, Canada-Mexico

Title

Belted Kingfisher

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

August 15, 1995

Year

Quantity

4,550,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Migratory Wildlife, Canada-Mexico

Series Time Span

1995

Perforation or Dimension

13 x 12.5

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Debbie Adams.

About Stamp

Four of the many wildlife species that migrate between Canada and Mexico are featured on a se-tenant block of commemorative stamps to be issued August 15, 1995. The wildlife depicted include an insect (the monarch butterfly), a mammal (the hoary bat) and two birds (the northern pintail and the belted kingfisher). The migration habits of each are unique, but all travel for the same reason: to ensure their survival by finding distinct habitats in each country. The kingfisher has over 100 species worldwide, but only the belted kingfisher is found in Canada, where it breeds across the country. The belted kingfisher is an expert fisherman, capturing it's prey by diving directly into the water from a preferred perch location. Beetles, grasshoppers, crickets and frogs are also consumed. Fall migration begins around mid-September, usually on an individual basis. Moving along the shores of lakes and rivers, it migrates only during the day. The kingfisher is found throughout Mexico in winter, but in early April it returns to Canada.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamps Details, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1995, p. 5, 8.

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