Peruvian Postal Service has announced two new postage stamps featuring two of the world’s most endangered birds, thanks to the efforts of Asociación Ecosistemas Andinos, American Bird Conservancy’s partner in Peru, and the Natural History Museum of San Marcos.
The stamps depict the endangered Marvelous Spatuletail and the critically endangered White-bellied Cinclodes, both known only to live in Peru. The Marvelous Spatuletail only occurs in the Rio Utcubamba Valley in the Andes of northern Peru, while the White-bellied Cinclodes only occurs in a few high-altitude bogs in the central part of the country. The photographs used for the stamps were provided to Peru’s Natural History Museum by ECOAN and American Bird Conservancy. Each stamp will cost 10 nuevos soles, equivalent to about $3.70, and will raise awareness among Peruvians of their threatened endemic birds. The stamps are available for purchase in Peru beginning Oct. 28.