Protected Wildlife of Malaysia - Series 2
Date of Issue: 1986-03-11
Denominations: 2 'se-tenant' pairs with values of 20 cents and 40 cents
Stamp Size: 29.85 mm x 40.64 mm
Paper: SPM watermarked
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Security Printers (M) Sdn. Bhd. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Sheet Composition: 50 stamps
Designer: Peter Khang Howe Ket
Stamps in the Series:
First Day Cover:
The pheasants are large and attractive birds in the primary rain forests of Malaysia. There are eighteen species of pheasants in Malaysia with some thirty recognized subspecies. Of the eighteen species three are considered as internationally endangered, one species is believed to be extinct in Malaysia while seven other species are in a vulnerable state as a result of poaching and habitat destruction. Under the Malaysian law, ten species are totally protected while five other species are given protection of some form.
Great Argus – Argusianus argus
The Great Argus is found in the lowland primary forests of Semenanjung Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It is protected in Sabah and Sarawak and totally protected in Peninsular Malaysia. The male and female Great Argus live on their own. The male bird establishes a dancing ground cleared of vegetation and forest litter on high places and ridge tops. The Great Argus feeds on fallen fruits, nuts, seeds, slugs and insects.
Bulwer’s Pheasant – Lophura bulweri
The Bulwer’s Pheasant is endemic to Borneo and can be found in Sabah and Sarawak. It lives in the submontane primary forest and has a patchy distribution. It is protected in both the states of Sabah and Sarawak. This pheasant skulks along the forest floor with its tail curved behind its body. The male species has a magnificent courtship display. The Bulwer’s Pheasant feeds on fallen fruits and insects.
Crested Fireback Pheasant – Lophura ignita
The Crested Fireback Pheasant inhabits the forest floor of primary lowland forests in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This species is protected in the states of Sabah and Sarawak and is totally protected in Peninsular Malaysia. Flocks of five to six birds with a male species are frequently seen in thick forest. They are swift runners and have the habit of scratching for food on or around rotten logs. They feed on berries, tender leaves and insects.
Malaysian Peacock Pheasant – Pavo malacense
The Malaysian Peacock Pheasant can be found both in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. It is an extremely rare bird living in the forest floor of the lowland primary forest. The species is endangered and is protected in Sabah and Sarawak and totally protected in Peninsular Malaysia. The bird is noted to be shy of human presence and lives in dense forest. Very little is known of its behavior and diet.