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A male northern harrier hunts a railroad right of way in central Illinois. Photo by Chris Young.

Postal service to unveil birds of prey stamps

December 28, 2011 at 04:25 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

The U.S. Postal Service is featuring five birds of prey on postage stamps starting Jan. 20.

Look for the northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis), peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), osprey (Pandion haliaetus), and northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) depicted in artwork set against a white background.

The new stamps may be previewed on Facebook at: facebook.com/USPSStamps, through Twitter @USPSstamps or by visiting beyondtheperf.com/2012-preview.

Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s site for philatelic news.

Birds of prey, also known as raptors, thrive in diverse habitats and live on every continent except Antarctica.

There are roughly 500 species of raptors worldwide.

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