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Great Crested Flycatcher

Birds of Canada

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 13, 1998
Year 1998
Quantity 4,500,000
Denomination
45¢
Perforation or Dimension 13 x 13.5
Series Birds of Canada
Series Time Span 1996 - 2001
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.10
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.25
* Notes about these prices:
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  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Layouts

Pane of 20 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 849,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

Uncut Press Sheet of 6 Panes

Quantity Produced - 8,500
Original Price: $54.00
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Toronto ON
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

About Stamp

They are perhaps nature's most wonderful creatures perched high atop mountains or hidden deep within dense forest: the birds of Canada The celebration of these winged wonders continues with four new Birds of Canada stamps and two exquisitely designed pre-stamped envelopes. This year's issue captures the beauty of four birds: the great crested flycatcher, the Eastern Screech-owl, the gray-crowned rosy-finch and the hairy woodpecker.

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus Crinitus)

He sits near the top of a monstrous tree, a multicoloured little being - bright yellow belly, grey upper breast, olive brown upper parts, greyish brown wings and white wings bars. His short legs perched on a dead branch, silent and motionless, he awaits his prey. As an unknowing insect approaches, the great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) meets it in the path, trapping the creature in his wide, flat bill. Victorious, he returns to his roots to devour his catch.

The flycatcher builds its nest in natural tree cavities or abandoned woodpecker holes, forming it with dry leaves, evergreen needles, hair, feathers, string, moss, and even use a snakeskin or two - to scare off predators. Rather than a melodious song, the flycatcher is characterized by a raucous call, usually heard high in the tree canopy. Males defend the roost, while the females incubate the eggs - four to eight eggs at a time, for 13 to 15 days. Once the fledglings are hatched, the fathers bring insects and small fruits back to the nest. Beetles, bees, wasps, flies, bugs, grasshoppers, crickets, butterflies, moths and spiders provide the main meals. Like all other flycatcher, they are migrants, wintering in southern Florida, central Mexico, Cuba, northern Columbia and Venezuela. After making the return trip north in early May, great crested flycatchers can be found in southeastern Saskatchewan, southern Manitoba, southern and southwestern Ontario, southwestern Quebec, southwestern New Brunswick and in a limited area of mainland Nova Scotia.

Creators

Designed by Raymond Bellemare. Based on a painting by Pierre Leduc.
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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1998, p. 5-7.

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