Birds of Cyprus
The Common Chaffinch, the European Greenfinch and the European Goldfinch belong to the family Fringillidae. Their special characteristic is the big conical beak used for crushing and peeling seeds, which are their basic food. They nest in Cyprus and they can be found on our island all year round.
The Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs stands out for the characteristic white bars on the wings. The male bird has brighter colours than the female one, especially in the spring and in the summer. In the summer, it can be found at Troodos mountains, while in the winter it flies in lower areas where there are trees.
The European Greenfinch Chloris chloris stands out for its bright green-brownish colour and the impressive yellow colour on its wings and tail. In the winter, it can be usually seen in flocks with European Goldfinches and Common Chaffinches. It nests all over the island, in places with trees (usually on cypresses), and even on the mountain tops of Troodos.
The beautiful European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis usually flies in small groups (up to 20 birds) from bush to bush. As they fly, they call with a rhythmic silvery twittering. It has a melodic bird song and light flying.
Τhe icon of the Birth of Christ is found on the temple of the church of Panagia Odigitria, in Galata. It was hagiographed in 1930 by the monk and later abbot of the Holy Church of Stavrovouni, Dionysios, who came from Galata. There is a strong Russian influence in the hagiography of the icon. The icon of the Birth depicts the unspeakable mystery of the incarnation of God, by presenting in micrography the whole universe and all God’s creation. God, humans, angels, animals and nature are expressed with a mystical spirituality and strong light. This is why the black colour of the Cave is not shown.
Christmas is children’s favorite time. Having their most festive smile on, they either sing carols to friends and relatives or they play in the snow. The €0,34 and €0,64 stamps depict exactly this joy of the children for the most magical and special season of the year. Date of Issue: 8 November 2018.