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Songbird Stamps Take Flight This Spring Through the U.S. Mail

April 14, 2014

Cudahy — You don’t need to hear the tweet of smartphone now that the Postal Service has issued 10 new colorful Songbirds Forever Stamps.

“Songbirds have been singing and delighting people for years, so it’s only fitting that they receive their own postage stamps,” said Cudahy Postmaster Mark Groshek. “As people celebrate the upcoming events of spring — Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and weddings, these stamps will make a perfect addition on cards and letters.”

Customers may purchase the Songbirds Forever Stamps in booklets of 20 at the Cudahy Post Office,, and at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).

Close to 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs. Some songbirds, like the crow, have harsh voices, others sing rarely or not at all. But with the spring season underway, the sounds of these birds will fill start to fill the air. “Spring migration is turning the sky into a superhighway of beautiful migrating birds,” added Groshek. “We hope our customers have the opportunity to use these stamps and will be reminded of the beauty of nature in our everyday life.”

Special Note: Hyperlinks from each bird name listed below link to chirping audio recordings, migration maps, nesting information and photographs from the National Audubon Society’s bird guide.

The stamps depict: the western meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), the mountain bluebird (Sialia currucoides), the western tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), the painted bunting (Passerina ciris), the Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula), the evening grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), the scarlet tanager (Piranga olivacea), the rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), the American goldfinch (Spinus tristis) and the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
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