3¢ Eastern Bluebird
1996-2000 Flora and Fauna Series
Issue Date: April 3, 1996
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 10.5
As the state bird of New York and Missouri, the bluebird made an appearance on two of the 1982 State Birds and Flowers stamps. At one time, this symbol of hope and springtime was commonly found from southeastern Canada to mid-Texas. With the destruction of its natural habitat of woodlands, fields, and orchards, however, it is relatively rare. In 1996, this stamp was reprinted. This reprinted version differed from the original stamp in several ways; the new stamp utilizes a cent sign (¢) and also bears the year date 1995 in the lower-left margin.