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Australia Bird Stamps

Part 1:1913-1991

Link to Part 2: 2000 to date

Australian Bird StampsAs would expected for such a diverse continent, Australia has a large variety of birds numbering about 800, ranging from the the tiny Weebill to the huge two meter, flightless Emu.  Endemic Australian birds species include those of Gondwanan (ancient southern super continent) origin, notably Emus and Cassowaries, and a huge parrot group

Birds have featured on Australian stamps from the first issues , including the second Commonwealth of Australia stamp, the King George V Heads.  Australia bird stamps number several hundred covering approximately 85 different birds.  The most popular Australian birds featured on stamps are the Emu, the Laughing Kookaburra and Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.

The links on the page lead to illustrations of the Australian bird stamps, which can be purchased on line at this site.  The links are either for individual stamps or for sets (where individual sets not sold separately).

1913-14: Engraved Definitives
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17 6d Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
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19 1d Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1914-36: King George V Sideface Series
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17-131 ½d-1s4d Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1928: Definitives
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106 3d Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
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106a 3d Laughing Kookaburra (miniature sheet) Dacelo novaeguineae
1929: Definitives
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116 1½d Black Swan Cygnus atratus
1930: Surcharge
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119 2d Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
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120 5d Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1932: Definitives
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140 1s Superb Lyrebird (Green) Menura novaehollandiae
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140a 1s Superb Lyrebird (Yellow-green) Menura novaehollandiae
1932: Overprint O.S.  
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O136 1s Superb Lyrebird (Green) Menura novaehollandiae
1932: Definitives
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146 6d Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1937: Definitives
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172 6d Laughing Kookaburra (perf 13½x14 ) Dacelo novaeguineae
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174 1s Superb Lyrebird (perf 13½x14 ) Menura novaehollandiae
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192 1s Superb Lyrebird (perf 15x14 ) Menura novaehollandiae
1942: Definitives      
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207 3½d Variegated Fairy wren Malurus lamberti
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208 5½d Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1942: Definitives   
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190 6d Laughing Kookaburra (perf 15x14 ) Dacelo novaeguineae
1954: Western Australian postage stamp centenary
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277 3½d Black Swan Cygnus atratus
1956: Definitives
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230b 6d Laughing Kookaburra (No watermark, perf 15x14 ) Dacelo novaeguineae
1956: Definitives
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230d 1s Superb Lyrebird (No watermark, perf 15x14 ) Menura novaehollandiae
1964-5: SG363-9 1964 Definitive Birds set of 7
1964-5: SG363-9 1964 Definitive Birds set of 7
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363 6d Yellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
364 9d Australasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
365 1s6d Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
366 2s Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
367 2s5d Superb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus
368 2s6d Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor
369 3s Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
1964-5: Bird Definitives variations
363a 6d Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Emerald-green) Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
367a 2s5d Superb Fairywren (Ordinary paper) Malurus cyaneus
1966: Decimal Definitives
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386 5c Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Emerald-green) Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
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386a 5c Yellow-rumped Thornbill (Blue-green) Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
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387 6c Blue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
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392 13c Red-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
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393 15c Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
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394 20c Golden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
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395 24c Azure Kingfisher Alcedo azurea
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396 25c Scarlet Robin Petroica multicolor
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397 30c Straw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
1976: SG616-21 Explorers set of 6
1976: SG616-21 Explorers set of 6
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617 18c Galah Eolophus roseicapilla
1978-80: SG669-80 Birds 1st Series set of 12
1978-80: SG669-80 Birds 1st Series set of 12
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669 1c Chestnut-eared Finch Taeniopygia castanotis
670 2c Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton
671 5c Hooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus
672 15c Forest Kingfisher Todiramphus macleayii
673 20c Australasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
674 20c Yellow Robin Eopsaltria australis
675 22c Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher Tanysiptera sylvia
676 25c Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles
677 30c Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
678 40c Lovely Fairywren Malurus amabilis
679 50c Flame Robin Petroica phoenicea
680 55c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1978: SG694 20c National Stamp Week, 50th Anniversary of National Stamp Exhibition, Melbourne
1978: SG694 20c National Stamp Week, 50th Anniversary of National Stamp Exhibition, Melbourne
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694 20c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1978: SGMS695 National Stamp Week: 50th Anniversary of National Stamp Exhibition miniature sheet
1978: SGMS695 National Stamp Week: 50th Anniversary of National Stamp Exhibition miniature sheet
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MS695 20c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1980-82: SG734-40 Birds set of 8
1980-82: SG734-40 Birds set of 8
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734 10c Golden-shouldered Parrot (Perf 12¾) Psephotus chrysopterygius
734b 18c Spotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis
735 28c Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
736 35c Regent Bowerbird Sericulus chrysocephalus
737 45c Masked Woodswallow (Perf 12¾) Artamus personatus
738 60c Australian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis
739 80c Rainbow Pitta Pitta iris
740 $1 Australasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
1980-82: Australian birds variations
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734a 10c Golden-shouldered Parrot (Perf 14½x14) Psephotus chrysopterygius
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737a 45c Masked Woodswallow (Perf 14x14½) Artamus personatus
1984: SG903a Airmail Flights pair
1984: SG903a Airmail Flights pair
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903 45c Raggiana Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea raggiana
904 45c Laughing Kookaburra and Southern Brown Kiwi Dacelo novaeguineae / Apteryx australis
1984: SGMS945 30c 1d Kangaroo and Map miniature sheet
1984: SGMS945 30c 1d Kangaroo and Map miniature sheet
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MS945 30c Black Swan Cygnus atratus
1984: SG959a Victoria pair
1984: SG959a Victoria pair
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959 30c Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
1985: SG SB54 $1 Cockatoos Booklet containing SG970a
1985: SG SB54 $1 Cockatoos Booklet containing SG970a
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970a/SB54 1c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
970a/SB54 33c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (No perforation on left and right sides) Cacatua galerita
970a/SB54 33c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (No perforation on left and right and bottom sides) Cacatua galerita
1986: SG1023a Wildlife strip of 5
1986: SG1023a Wildlife strip of 5
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1024 36c Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1025 36c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1987: SG1072a Wildlife strip
1987: SG1072a Wildlife strip
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1073 37c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1075 37c Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans
1987: SG1077a Bicentenary of Australian Settlement, First Fleet at Rio de Janeiro strip
1987: SG1077a Bicentenary of Australian Settlement, First Fleet at Rio de Janeiro strip
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1079 37c Blue-and-yellow Macaw and Scarlet Macaw Ara ararauna / Ara macao
1988: SG1105a Bicentenary of Australian Settlement, Arrival of First Fleet strip of 5
1988: SG1105a Bicentenary of Australian Settlement, Arrival of First Fleet strip of 5
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1105-6 37c Great Egret Ardea alba
1107 37c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1990: SG1247a 50th Anniversary of the Penny Black block of 6
1990: SG1247a 50th Anniversary of the Penny Black block of 6
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1252 41c Black Swan Cygnus atratus
1990: SG1272-4 Christmas set of 3
1990: SG1272-4 Christmas set of 3
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1272 38c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1990: SG SB73 $3.80 Christmas 1990 Booklet containing SG1272a
1990: SG SB73 $3.80 Christmas 1990 Booklet containing SG1272a
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1272a/SB73 38c Laughing Kookaburra (No perforation on top side) Dacelo novaeguineae
1272a/SB73 38c Laughing Kookaburra (No perforation on bottom side) Dacelo novaeguineae
1991: SG1279-82 Waterbirds set of 4
1991: SG1279-82 Waterbirds set of 4
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1279 43c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1280 43c Black Swan Cygnus atratus
1281 85c Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae
1282 $1 Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
1991: SG1299-302 Domestic Pets set of 4
1991: SG1299-302 Domestic Pets set of 4
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1302 $1 Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1993: SG1392-5 World Heritage Sites (1st series) set of 4
1993: SG1392-5 World Heritage Sites (1st series) set of 4
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1395 $2 Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1993: SG1417-20 International Year of Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Art, set of 4
1993: SG1417-20 International Year of Indigenous Peoples, Aboriginal Art, set of 4
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1417 45c Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
1993: Australian wildlife
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1366 70c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
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1370 $1.20 Pink Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri
1994: SG1361-71 Australian Wildlife (1st series) set of 11
1994: SG1361-71 Australian Wildlife (1st series) set of 11
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1367 85c Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
1371 $1.35 Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1994: SG1479-83 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species set of 5
1994: SG1479-83 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species set of 5
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1479 45c Scarlet Macaw (perf 14×14½) Ara macao
1994: SG1485-6 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species self-adhesives set of 2
1994: SG1485-6 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species self-adhesives set of 2
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1485 45c Scarlet Macaw (perf 14×14½) Ara macao
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet
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MS1484 45c Scarlet Macaw (perf 14½) Ara macao
1994: SG SB86 $4.50 Zoos Booklet containing SG1485b
1994: SG SB86 $4.50 Zoos Booklet containing SG1485b
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1485b/SB86 45c Scarlet Macaw (perf 11½) Ara macao
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Sydney overprint
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Sydney overprint
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MS1484 45c Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Brisbane overprint
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Brisbane overprint
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MS1484 45c Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Melbourne overprint
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Melbourne overprint
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MS1484 45c Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Fremantle overprint
1994: SGMS1484 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species miniature sheet with Fremantle overprint
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MS1484 45c Scarlet Macaw Ara macao
1996: Reprint SG1366a 70c Kookaburra text in Orange-Bown - 3 Koalas
1996: Reprint SG1366a 70c Kookaburra text in Orange-Bown - 3 Koalas
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1366a 70c Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1996: SG1582-5 World Heritage Sites (2nd series) set of 4
1996: SG1582-5 World Heritage Sites (2nd series) set of 4
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1585 $1 Lord Howe Rail Gallirallus sylvestris
1996: SG1622-5 Fauna and Flora (1st series) set of 4
1996: SG1622-5 Fauna and Flora (1st series) set of 4
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1623 10c Powerful Owl Ninox strenua
1996: SG1630a 50th Anniversary of Childrens book Council Awards block of 4
1996: SG1630a 50th Anniversary of Childrens book Council Awards block of 4
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1630 45c Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
1996: SG1638 45c Passing of Olympic Flag to Sydney
1996: SG1638 45c Passing of Olympic Flag to Sydney
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1638 45c Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
1996: SG1645-50 Australian Pets set of 6
1996: SG1645-50 Australian Pets set of 6
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1647 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets miniature sheet
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets miniature sheet
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with ASDA 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with ASDA 96 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with St Peters 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with St Peters 96 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Taipei 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Taipei 96 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Queensland overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Queensland overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Swanpex 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Swanpex 96 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Hong Kong 97 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Hong Kong 97 overprint
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MS1651 45c Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1997: SG1679-86 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) set of 8
1997: SG1679-86 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) set of 8
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1681 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1682 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1683 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1684 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1686 $10 Great Egret Ardea alba
1997: SG MS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) miniature sheet
1997: SG MS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) miniature sheet
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MS1686a $10 Great Egret Ardea alba
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) with Pacific 97 overprint
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) with Pacific 97 overprint
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MS1686a $10 Great Egret Ardea alba
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) with Italia 98 overprint
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) with Italia 98 overprint
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MS1686a $10 Great Egret Ardea alba
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) PhilaNippon 01
1997: SGMS1686 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) PhilaNippon 01
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MS1686a $10 Great Egret Ardea alba
1997: SG1683-4 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) Shanghai sheet
1997: SG1683-4 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) Shanghai sheet
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1683 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1684 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG1687-90 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) self-adhesive set perf 11½
1997: SG1687-90 Fauna and Flora (2nd series) self-adhesive set perf 11½
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1687 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1688 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1689 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1690 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG SB116 $4.50 Fauna and Flora (2nd series): Wetland Birds Booklet containing SG1687a
1997: SG SB116 $4.50 Fauna and Flora (2nd series): Wetland Birds Booklet containing SG1687a
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1687a/SB116 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687a/SB116 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687a/SB116 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1687a/SB116 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG1687b Fauna and Flora (2nd series) sheetlet of 5
1997: SG1687b Fauna and Flora (2nd series) sheetlet of 5
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1687b 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687b 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687b 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1687b 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG1687d-90d Fauna and Flora (2nd series) self-adhesive set p 12½x13
1997: SG1687d-90d Fauna and Flora (2nd series) self-adhesive set p 12½x13
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1687d 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1688d 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1689d 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1690d 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1998: SG SB121 $9 Fauna and Flora (2nd series): Wetland Birds Booklet containing SG1687-90d
1998: SG SB121 $9 Fauna and Flora (2nd series): Wetland Birds Booklet containing SG1687-90d
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1687d/SB121 45c Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687d/SB121 45c Little Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687d/SB121 45c Brolga Grus rubicunda
1687d/SB121 45c Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG1713-8 Nocturnal Animals set of 6
1997: SG1713-8 Nocturnal Animals set of 6
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1713 45c Barking Owl (perf 14½x14) Ninox connivens
1997: SGMS1719 Nocturnal Animals miniature sheet
1997: SGMS1719 Nocturnal Animals miniature sheet
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MS1719 45c Barking Owl (perf 14½) Ninox connivens
1997: SG1720a Nocturnal Animals self-adhesive pair
1997: SG1720a Nocturnal Animals self-adhesive pair
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1721 45c Barking Owl (perf 11½) Ninox connivens
1997: SG SB117 $4.50 Nocturnal Animals Booklet containing SG1720b
1997: SG SB117 $4.50 Nocturnal Animals Booklet containing SG1720b
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SB117 45c Barking Owl (perf 11½) Ninox connivens
1998: SG1794-7 Endangered Species, Birds set of 4 in pairs
1998: SG1794-7 Endangered Species, Birds set of 4 in pairs
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1794 5c Orange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster
1795 5c Yellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
1796 45c Gouldian Finch Chloebia gouldiae
1797 45c Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
1998: Reprint SG1370a $1.20 Pink Cockatoo text in Orange-Bown - 2 Koalas
1998: Reprint SG1370a $1.20 Pink Cockatoo text in Orange-Bown - 2 Koalas
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1370a $1.20 Pink Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri
1999: SG1854a-62 Fauna and Flora (3rd series): Coastal Environment set of 9
1999: SG1854a-62 Fauna and Flora (3rd series): Coastal Environment set of 9
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1859 90c Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
1860 90c Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
1862 $1.20 White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
1999: SG1907-12 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life set of 6
1999: SG1907-12 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life set of 6
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1908 45c Sacred Kingfisher (perf 14½×14) Todiramphus sanctus
1999: SGMS1913 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life miniature sheet
1999: SGMS1913 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life miniature sheet
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MS1913 45c Sacred Kingfisher (perf 14½) Todiramphus sanctus
2000: SGMS1913 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life miniature sheet Bangkok 2000
2000: SGMS1913 National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life miniature sheet Bangkok 2000
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MS1913 45c Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
1999: SG1914a National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life self-adhesives from roll
1999: SG1914a National Stamp Collecting Month: Small Pond Life self-adhesives from roll
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1914a 45c Sacred Kingfisher (perf 11½) Todiramphus sanctus

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