Thursday, 17 February 2011

Endangered Wildlife of Argentina

Concerning the endangered wildlife, Argentine Post issued the stamp series consist of two stamps depicts the endangered species, Crowned Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus), and Land Tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis) which are found in Argentina.

The Crowned Solitary Eagle (Harpyhaliaetus coronatus), known as the Crowned Eagle is an endangered bird of prey from eastern and central South America. The Crowned Solitary Eagle lives in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. It tends to live in open woodland and marshland. It is a predator, and it preys on small mammals, snake,fish, monkeys, and occasionally birds.

Land Tortoise - Chelonoidis chilensis

The Argentine tortoise (Chelonoidis chilensis) or Land Tortoise is a species of turtle in the family Testudinidae. It is found in Argentina.
Tortoises are usually diurnal animals with tendencies to be crepuscular depending on the ambient temperatures. They are generally reclusive animals.
Tortoises generally have lifespans comparable with those of human beings, and some individuals are known to have lived longer than 150 years. Because of this, they symbolize longevity in some cultures, such as China. Most land based tortoises are herbivores, feeding on grazing grasses, weeds, leafy greens, flowers, and some fruits.

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