Stamps on European Mink and Great Bustard – EUROPA 2021 – Romania

The Theme for 2021 EUROPA Stamps is Endangered National Wildlife.

Romania issued two stamps on 22 April 2021 on EUROPA 21 theme. The Fauna featured is European Mink(3.40 L) and Great Bustard (19.50 L). These have been issued in Minisheets and Miniature Sheets also. The Print Run for the stamps is 28,780.

European Mink – The first postage stamp of the issue, with the face value of Lei 3.40, illustrates the European mink (Mustela lutreola). The mink lives near water, in swampy areas or near rivers, spending a lot of time in the water, looking for food. It is a medium-sized mammal (30-40 cm long), with a slim, elongated body and limbs with interdigital webbing, which helps it to swim. It is a predatory species; it feeds on fish, amphibians, crustaceans, small mammals. Once widespread throughout Europe, the mink has today become one of the rarest and most endangered mammals on our continent. In some Western European countries, it has disappeared since the eighteenth century, and today it exists in only a few countries, including Romania. On the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the mink has the status of a critically endangered species 

Great Bustard – The second postage stamp of the issue, with the face value of Lei 19.50, features the Great bustard (Otis tarda).The great bustard is the largest bird species in Europe in weight: adult males can weigh more than 15 kg. (Females are much smaller, weighing 4-5 kg.) Another characteristic of males are the so-called “whiskers”, in fact modified feathers, which grow at the base of the beak and reach their maximum length (about 20 cm) during the breeding season.