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Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch

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:
  • They are currently in beta mode, meaning that they should not be relied upon yet as a source of truth and could change frequently. Please notify CPS if you come across values that do not make sense.
  • 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.

Gray-Crowned Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte Tephrocotis)

The gray-crowned rosy-finch (Leucosticte tephrocotis) is perhaps one of the most elusive of Canadian birds, detectable only by its melodious warble which resembles that of a goldfinch, or by the in-flight chattering that can be heard when it moves in flocks. The plumage of this small songbird helps it to blend into the rocky surrounding which it inhabits. The gray-crowned rosy-finch can be found atop mountains well above the tree line, in grassy patches among slopes and along cliffs - in nests of dried grass, rootlets, plant down, moss and feathers constructed in crevices and under rocks. These birds are mainly ground feeders that forage for seeds of weeds and wild plants. During breeding season, they capitalize on the abundance of insects and switch to a more protein-rich diet. After mating, females lay eggs in groups of four or five, and incubate them for 12 to 14 days. Gray-crowned rosy-finch are western birds, summering in the Yukon, British Columbia and Alberta and, from late fall to early spring, dwelling in valleys and along the BC coast, as well as on the steppes of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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, 8-9.

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