Birds - small ones - are highlighted in the release of four new stamps by Papua, New Guinea, in the Pacific.

One stamp shows the orange crowned russet wren only a few inches in height. The second stamp illustrates the superb pitta. The third depicts a mottled whistler. Its drab coloring makes it difficult to observe in the wild. The fourth stamp has the bowbill, unique to the mountains of New Guinea. The bowbill's tiny size and fast flight make it difficult for bird-watchers of the area to see it.More information can be obtained by writing to: The International Stamp Collectors Society, P.O. Box 917, Van Nuys, CA 91408 or calling 1-818-997-6496.

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- Syd Kronish

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