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Eastern Screech-Owl

Birds of Canada

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue March 13, 1998
Year 1998
Quantity 4,245,000
Denomination
45¢
Perforation or Dimension 13 x 13.5
Series Birds of Canada
Series Time Span 1996 - 2001
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

Stamp Values/Prices (Beta Mode*)

Condition Name Avg Price
M-NH-VF Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine
Mint - Never Hinged - Very Fine $1.10
U-VF Used - Very Fine
Used - Very Fine $0.25
* Notes about these prices:
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  • They are not based on catalogue values but on current dealer and auction listings. The reason for this is that catalogues tend to over-value stamps.
  • They are average prices and might not be fully accurate. The actual value of your stamp may be slightly above or below the listed value, depending on the overall condition of your stamp.

Layouts

Pane of 20 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 849,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

Uncut Press Sheet of 6 Panes

Quantity Produced - 8,500
Original Price: $54.00
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Toronto ON
Perforation: 13 x 13.5
Printing Process: Lithography
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Paper: Peterborough Paper

About Stamp

They are perhaps nature's most wonderful creatures perched high atop mountains or hidden deep within dense forest: the birds of Canada The celebration of these winged wonders continues with four new Birds of Canada stamps and two exquisitely designed pre-stamped envelopes. This year's issue captures the beauty of four birds: the great crested flycatcher, the Eastern Screech-owl, the gray-crowned rosy-finch and the hairy woodpecker.

Eastern Screech-Owl (Otus Asio)

Eastern screech-owls (Otus asio) are grey or reddish brown in colour, with small ears and brilliant yellow eyes. One of the 14 species of the family Strigidae found in Canada, the Eastern screech-owl is a small nocturnal bird - a bonafide night owl - found in the southern parts of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and sometimes Saskatchewan. Eastern screech-owls stay in Canada year-round. In the warmer months, they feed on insects, small mammals (such as bats and flying squirrels), small fish, amphibians and reptiles. In the winter, they are limited to a diet of small mammals. In the late winter, the tremulous low whistle of the male Eastern screech-owl resounds through the open woodlands, groves, orchards and city parks where these birds dwell - a mating call to attract female screech-owls. Once a male finds a mate, she chooses a nesting site - an old woodpecker hole, a tree cavity, or perhaps a bird house - and lay three to seven eggs. During the 26 days of incubation, the male brings food to the female. After the babies are hatched, the parents continue to nourish them for several weeks until they leave the family territory.

Creators

Designed by Raymond Bellemare. Based on a painting by Pierre Leduc.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 7, No. 2, 1998, p. 5, 7.

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