A postage stamp for White Stork, the national bird of Lithuania

Oct 31, 2013

This spring, Lithuania Post welcomes returning storks with a new postage stamp. The postage stamp White Stork, National Bird of Lithuania will be put into circulation from the next Saturday, April 6th

The painting featuring White Stork landing on a nest is used for the stamp. The author of the picture is a painter Roberta Mašidlauskytė, and that of the stamp design is an artist Rolandas Grigaravičius. The postage stamp dedicated to the national bird of Lithuania will be issued in edition of 80.000 copies with nominal value of LTL 7.

Along with the postage stamps, the first day cover, and first day sheet will be issued. On Saturday, in Vilnius Main Post Office, postal correspondence paid by the new postage stamps will be stamped with the first day cancellation.

The White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) is a farmland bird that settles in the vicinity of areas where people live. White Storks are active mainly during the day. They consume a wide variety of animal prey. They prefer to forage in meadows, pastures, and swamps. Common food items include insects, invertebrates, fish, amphibians, eggs and young birds of ground nesting birds, sometimes - rats, mice, various reptiles. Frogs represent only minor part of the diet.

White Storks usually nest on buildings, poles, water towers, top of trees. People help storks to settle by installing pedestals of nest. The birds bring quite large branches then and build nests of hay balls, turf, dry manure, etc. White Storks build their nest continuously, even when stork chicks grow. While livingin nests and repairing them White Storks assemble quite a large structure, which sometimes suffer from storks fighting and strong winds.

Storks usually lay 3-5 white eggs. Both male and female stork incubates the eggs that hatch in 31-34 days. Stork chicks are fed by both parents and before leaving the nest (after 53-55 days) fly with them about 2 weeks.

On average, Lithuania Post releases 25-30 stamps in the course of a year. Lithuania Post also provides courier, logistic and financial intermediation services.