Latvijas Pasts issued a new stamp featuring Aberrant Birds, as a part of series of stamps Unique Exhibits of Latvian Museum of Natural History.
A special presentation event for the stamp was held in the premises of the Latvian Museum of Natural History, Riga, on February 19, 2016.
The visitors had an opportunity to view the specimen depicted on the stamp – the aberrant black grouse Tetrao tetrix – accompanied by a museum specialist. The stamp and the cover have been designed by the artist Girts Griva.
This is the second stamp released in the series Unique Exhibits of Latvian Museum of Natural History. The first stamp was issued in 2015 and it was dedicated to the unique specimen in the paleontology collection of the Latvian Museum of Natural History – the placoderm fish.
About Unique Exhibits – Aberrant Birds
At the end of the 19th century, the German ornithologist and taxidermist Theodore Lorenz visited markets in St. Petersburg and Moscow, where hunters brought birds of the order Galliformes from Siberia and other regions in Russia, and created unique collections of wild aberrant and hybrid Galliformes.
The stuffed partly albino black grouse (Tetrao tetrix) is one of the 169 items in the collection of the Latvian Natural History Museum.
Since aberrant species occur extremely rarely in nature, collections of this type are on display only at the State Darwin Museum in Russia and the Museum of Natural History in Bonn, Germany.
Dmitrijs Boiko, senior ornithologist of the Latvian Natural History Museum, claims that no aberrant bird of the order Galliformes has been seen in Latvia for the past 20 years.
About Latvian Museum of Natural History
The Latvian Museum of Natural History is the largest and one of the oldest complex museums of natural history and sciences in Baltic States.
The Latvian Museum of Natural History originated from the museum of Riga Naturalists Society (Der Naturforscherverein zu Riga) that was founded in 1845.
The objectives set by the Society at that time are linked with the current objectives – the preservation, maintenance and research of the natural collection, active environmental education, the formation of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Title: Latvian Museum of Natural History Unique Exhibits 2016
Date of Issue: 19 February 2016
Source: Latvijas Pasts