Wednesday, August 27, 2008

1983 Hornbill

1983 Hornbill

"1983 Hornbill private cachet"

This was a funny item which I have won bidding from the ebay. It was actually a private cachet for the hornbill issue. The cover was not of the original size from the normal. I would guess that it is something like 7" x 9". Apparently someone have mass produced this item as I have seen it in ebay more than once. From the printing work, I would also guess that someone have mass produced this item in the olden days.

The cover was well theame with picture featuring the hornbill. The drawing should be water colored and they really look nice. However, there was one odd thing which I can't really figure out until now: "Why does a hornbill go along with a parrot?"

Can any reader of this blog solve this puzzle. I have done some research and found out that the parrot is actually "Sulphur-crested Cockatoo"

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a large white parrot. It has a dark grey-black bill, a distinctive sulphur-yellow crest and a yellow wash on the underside of the wings. Sexes are similar, although the female can be separated at close range by its red-brown eye (darker brown in the male). This is a noisy and conspicuous cockatoo, both at rest and in flight. Young Sulphur-crested Cockatoos resemble the adults.

The Sulphur-crested Cockatoo's range extends throughout the northern and eastern Australia mainland, and Tasmania. A small population has become established around Perth, Western Australia. The species also occurs in New Guinea and the Aru Islands, and has been introduced into New Zealand and Indonesia.

See what I meant? This bird does not even origin from Malaysia (except in the Zoo or pet shop). Why would it go along with the Malaysia hornbill on this cover? Could this cover be made off-shore (not in Malaysia). My guess would be the Australia made this as I have seen quite a fair bit of parrot in Brisbane.

Anybody have the answer to this mistery is welcome to share.

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