Vultures, , Eagles, , Kites, , Bazas and belong to a group of carnivorous birds known as raptors. Some of the distinctive identifying features of a raptor are a hooked beak, hooded eyes, a flattish head and terrifying speed. In general, the colors of birds of prey are subdued. Though lacking in brightly colored plumage, many raptors are extremely attractive.
Captors are well represented in Malaysia by over 30 species. They are found in deep forests, in open country and along the seashores. They exist in small numbers which makes conservation of these birds vital.
Haliastur indus (Brahminy Kite) - 20¢
This beautiful chestnut and white bird is mainly a coastal bird, usually nesting in mangrove swamps. It eats fish and insects and also scavenges at piers and jetties near fishing villages.
Spilornis cheela (Crested Serpent Eagle) - 30¢
This is the most common raptor seen in Malaysian rainforests. It utters a shrill and far carrying call while flying high in the air. It has a short prominent crest of black and white feathers at the back of its head. It eats snakes, rodents and small birds.
Haliaeetus leucogaster (White-bellied Sea Eagle) - 50¢
This grey and white bird is one of the largest local raptors. A familiar sight all around the coasts and on the off-shore islands it is most often seen soaring in circles at great heights or perched on fishing stakes at sea. Known among the local fishermen as lang siput due to its fondness for snail, its other food consist of fish, crab and sea snakes.
Spizaetus cirrhatus (Changable Hawk-Eagle) - RM 1
This often seen inland bird of prey has two distinct color phases. The whole plumage is dusky-brown in dark phase and lighter brown with variations in the lighter phase. It spends much of the day soaring high in the sky. It feeds on great variety of animals and birds.
Date of Issue : May 18, 1995
Denomination : 20¢,30¢,50¢ and RM1.00
Stamp Size : 38mm x 28mm
Perforation : 14
Sheet Content : 50 Stamps
Paper : SPM Watermarked, Phospor Coated
Printing Process : Litography
Print : Security Printers (M) Sdn Bhd
Stamp Designer : Teh Yew Kiang
First Day Cover : 20¢
Presentation Pack : RM 3.00