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It's springtime, and the birds are on the wing everywhere. That's why many nations are issuing stamps featuring local bird life.

The east Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has released a set of 14 stamps highlighting various species of birds found in its area.The 15 cents depicts the magnificent frigatebird. The 25 cents shows the blue-hooded euphonia. The 35 cents illustrates the meadowlark. The 40 cents has a view of the red-billed tropic bird. The 45 cents pictures the greater flamingo. The 60 cents depicts the yellow-faced grassquit. The 65 cents features the yellow-billed cuckoo. The 70 cents portrays the painted bunting. The $1.20 illustrates the red-legged honeycreeper. The $5 pictures the Greater Antillean bullfinch. The $10 pictures the Caribbean elaenia. The $20 features the trembler.

These stamps are available from the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., 460 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001.

- Syd Kronish