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Rock Ptarmigan

Birds of Canada

Title

Rock Ptarmigan

Denomination

47¢

Date of Issue

February 1, 2001

Year

Quantity

4,268,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Birds of Canada

Series Time Span

1996 - 2001

Perforation or Dimension

12.5 x 13, diecut, imperforate = découpé à l'emporte-pièce, non dentelé

Printer

Ashton-Potter Canada Limited.

Creators

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

Layouts

Self-adhesive booklet of 12 stamps

Quantity Produced - 700,000
Original Price: $5.64
Perforation: Diecut: not perforated
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: JAC Paper

Pane of 20 stamps

Quantity Produced - 419,800
Original Price: $9.40
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Uncut Press Sheet signed and numbered

Quantity Produced - 800
Original Price: $89.95
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)

Uncut Press Sheet unsigned

Quantity Produced - 1,500
Original Price: $56.40
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: P.V.A

Official First Day Cover Combination

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Tuktoyaktuk NT
Original Price: $2.18
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 40 mm x 32 mm (horizontal)
Printing Process: Lithography (five colours)
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

The annual issue of Canada Post's Birds of Canada series is an eagerly-anticipated event amongst collectors across the country. The series is valued as much by general collectors for its stunning illustrations of Canada's splendid bird life as it is by thematic collectors for its meticulous portrayal of diverse species. The four domestic-rate stamps feature exquisite artwork by noted illustrator Pierre Leduc, who has captured the very essence of the Lapland longspur, the Arctic tern, the golden eagle and the rock ptarmigan.

Rock Ptarmigan
A dense layer of feathers over the rock ptarmigan's legs, feet and toes makes it particularly suited to living under the cold, harsh conditions of its breeding grounds in Newfoundland, the Yukon, and British Columbia. The rock ptarmigan's plumage varies with each season, offering camouflage and protection from predators. When a predator is present, the brood will scatter in all directions while the male and female make noise and stage a distracting display to attract the predator's attention. This display allows the young to hide. The rock ptarmigan's nest is a simple bare scrape in the ground or moss, with a minimal lining of grass, small leaves or a few feathers.

About the Stamp
In researching which birds to include in the sixth issue of Canada Post's Birds of Canada series, consideration was given to geographic balance along with various types and classifications. Many experts in the field were consulted and ornithologist Dr. Henri Ouellet assisted in the selection of the featured four birds. Sadly, Dr. Ouellet did not live to see the completion of his work. Noted scientific illustrator and wildlife artist Pierre Leduc from Stoneham, Quebec, created the acrylic paintings used by Montreal designer Raymond Bellemare. Leduc has provided the illustrations for all six Birds of Canada issues.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2001, p. 25-27.

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