November 14, 2016

2866 FRANCE (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) - Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-les-Dombes

2866 Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus)
in Parc des Oiseaux in Villars-les-Dombes

The Parc des Oiseaux (Park of Birds) is an ornithological park, one of the oldest in France, located in Villars-les-Dombes, a commune situated in the heart of the area known as the Dombes, notable for its hundreds of lakes. Opened in 1970, it brings together a collection of more than 3,000 birds of 300 species from around the world. Visitors can observe the birds in 20 environments that recreate different landscapes on the planet, and the aviaries have been specially designed to allow visitors to get closer to the birds than ever before.

The Eurasian blue tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) is a small passerine bird in the tit family Paridae, easily recognisable by its blue and yellow plumage. Usually resident and non-migratory birds, they are widespread and a common resident breeder throughout temperate and subarctic Europe and western Asia in deciduous or mixed woodlands with a high proportion of oak. They usually nest in tree holes, although they easily adapt to nest boxes where necessary, and prefers insects and spiders for its diet. Outside the breeding season, they also eat seeds and other vegetable-based foods.

About the stamps

The first stamp, designed by Pierre Albuisson and issued on July 17, 2006, depicts Antibes Juan-les-Pins - Alpes-Maritimes. For this stamp, the CNEP awarded Pierre Albuisson with the 56th Grand Prize of the French Philatelic Art.

The last stamp, designed by Charles Bridoux, was issued on June 18, 1984 to mark the 40th anniversary of Centre National d'Etudes des Télécommunications (French language acronym CNET, national center for telecommunication studies in English)

Parc des Oiseaux - Wikipedia
Parc des Oiseaux - Official website
Eurasian blue tit - Wikipedia

Sender: Jean Yves & Renee Gerlat
Sent from Crolles (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / France), on 29.10.2016

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