Romania has issued stamps on the species of pelicans living in the country, as part of a broader topic consecrated to protected wildlife from Romanian reserves. In the Danube Delta, we can find two species: the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) and the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus).
The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve celebrates this year its 25th anniversary. The only delta in the world entirely declared a biosphere reserve and a UNESCO world heritage site since 1991, it shelters an impressive number of pelicans from both species, these birds being declared a natural monument.
The stamps with face values of lei 3.60, and lei 8.10 reproduce the Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus). This is a big European bird species that nests in colonies in Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Ukraine and Russia. This bird’s populations know considerable number variations every year. The Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve shelters around 3,560-4,160 breeding pairs.
The stamps with face values of lei 5.00, and lei 9.10, as well as the stamp of the souvenir sheet with the face value of lei 9.10 depict the Dalmatian Pelican (Pelecanus crispus), one of the two European species of pelicans, the rarest and most endangered, which can be seen in Romania.Currently, the Dalmatian Pelican has the status of a globally vulnerable species.