Alderney 2008 Raptors
From Stamps of the World
- RESIDENT BIRDS - Raptors. 3rd in a Series of 4
- Issued: 15th May 2008
- Designed by: Andrew Robinson
- Printed by: BDT International of Dublin
- Print Process: Offset Lithography
- Sheet Size: 10 (2 by 5)
- Stamp Size: 30.56mm high x 38.00mm wide
- Perforations: 13.75 x 13.75
- Paper: 110gsm unwatermarked
- Gum: PVA
- Withdrawn: 14th May 2009
Birds of prey are birds that hunt for food primarily on the wing, using their keen senses, especially vision. They are defined as birds that primarily hunt vertebrates, including other birds. Their talons and beaks tend to be relatively large, powerful and adapted for tearing and/or piercing flesh. In most cases, the females are considerably larger than the males. The term "raptor" is derived from the Latin word rapere (meaning to seize or take by force) and may refer informally to all birds of prey, or specifically to the diurnal group. Because of their predatory lifestyle, often at the top of the food chain, they face distinct conservation concerns.
Many species of bird may be considered partly or exclusively predatory; however, in ornithology the term 'bird of prey' applies to only certain of these.
All the Birds featured on the stamps are resident on the Island