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Massena s Lorikeet

Issued : 10.04.2012
Price per Unit (piece): $ 4.00
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Listed as a sub-species of the Rainbow Lorikeet, Massena’s Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus massena is also known as the Coconut Lory and in Bislama – Nasiviru. While the Rainbow Lorikeet, through 21 different races is found throughout Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomons and parts of Australia, Massena’s Lorikeet Miniature SheetMassena is found only in the Bismarck Archipelago (near New Guinea), the Solomons and throughout Vanuatu except Futuna and Lopevi.

Vanuatu Post Lorikeet Date StampsGrowing to around 250mm including a 100mm tail, these striking coloured lories are mainly bright green with a red breast, bluish-mauve head and red-orange beak. They frequent flowering trees but their movements are usually erratic as they travel, even between islands, in search of food.alt

Living primarily in wooded habitat in lowland areas, they are sometimes found in steep terrain where favourite trees or shrubs are flowering. They prefer habitat other than true forest or mangroves however and are found in trees bordering watercourses surrounding paddocks, in suburban gardens and in nearly every coconut plantation. Massena’s Lorikeet SheetletThe nectar and pollen from these coconut palm flowers form their staple diet and in return the lories are important pollinators of these trees. Other sources of food include the Indian Coral tree, the African Tulip tree and the Sago palm. They also enjoy the soft fruit of the Panama Cherry tree and ripening fruit from domestic orchards. Maize and sorghum crops are also targeted. Vanuatu Post Lorikeet Stamps 2

Massena’s Lorikeet date stampWhen alarmed while feeding, these generally noisy and active lories will remain motionless in the trees and turn their backs on the intruder in camouflage while eyeing them over their shoulder. They generally travel in pairs or small flocks and are identified by their bright colours, and shrill chatter. The flight of these parrots is swift with rapid wing beats. They are agile when flying short distances through the forest canopy while for longer flights they fly high. The Massena’s Lorikeet is listed in the Cites Appendix II as endangered and may need measures taken in Vanuatu, for their future protection.


Parameters of Product: Stamps
Designer Jean Richard Lisiak, Paris, France
Printer Southern Colour Print, Dunedin, New Zealand
Process Offset lithography
Stamp Size 42.90 mm x 30.00 mm, horizontal
Mini Sheet size 200.0 mm x 140.0 mm, 2 x sets horizontal Sheetlet Size: 189mm x 180mm, 4 x sets horizontal
Perforation Gauge 13.2 x 2
Paper 114 gsm Tullis Russell gummed stamp paper
Denominations 40, 60, 140 and 160 vatu
Period of Sale 25 May 2011 for a period of 2 years

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