The U.S. Postal Service salutes five kings of the sky with its new “Birds of Prey” stamps: the northern goshawk, peregrine falcon, golden eagle, osprey and northern harrier.
The 85-cent definitive Birds of Prey stamps are being issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20 at a price of $17.00 per sheet. The stamps can be used with virtually all domestic First-Class Mail weighing up to 3-ounces.
“The stamps went on sale Friday nationwide.. They can be ordered online at usps.com and by phone at 800-782-6724.
Birds of prey, also known as raptors, thrive in diverse habitats and live on every continent except Antarctica. The roughly 500 species of raptors include birds that hunt by day, such as falcons, eagles and harriers and birds that hunt by night — owls.
They share several common characteristics, such as being carnivorous and using their powerful talons to capture prey. Their exceptionally keen eyesight allows them to see small objects in detail, even from a great distance. As predators high on the food chain, raptors play an important role in maintaining the balance of nature.
Collectors have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail.