Stamp Tributes to Great Britain’s Favorite Owls
In 2018, Great Britain issued this neat set of 10 stamps honoring five species of owls that breed in the United Kingdom. One strip of stamps pictures adult owls, while another strip pictures those same breeds as juveniles. The stamps come with a nice presentation booklet filled with neat information about each one.
Owls are beloved in Britain and have fascinated observers for centuries. According to a Royal Mail spokesperson, “Owls are among our most iconic bird species, with their soundless flight and eerie calls, and our new stamps celebrate their beauty.” The stamps picture:
Barn Owl – Also known as the white owl or screech owl, these white and gold birds are easily recognized by their heart-shaped faces, long legs, and small dark eyes. They hunt while flying, find their prey by sound, and are mostly nocturnal (hunting at night).
Little Owl – True to its name, these are smaller owls with long legs and bright yellow eyes. They aren’t native to the UK, but were brought there in the 19th century.
Tawny Owl – While it is the most common owl in the UK, it is rarely seen, because it’s nocturnal. It’s also one of the UKs largest owls and actually hunts other owls as its prey!
Short-eared Owl – These are one of the most widely distributed owls in the world, found on every continent except Antarctica. A daytime hunting owl (diurnal), they have long wings, bright yellow eyes, and small ear tufts.
Long-eared Owl – As its name suggests, these birds have large, cat-like ear tufts. They have a more slender shape and orange eyes and are more widespread in Ireland because they don’t have to compete with Tawny owls there.
Add the joy of these popular and whimsical birds to your collection – order your stamps today.