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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
SG17 1d Engraved
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176dEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
SG19 6d Kookaburra
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191dLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1914-36: King George V Sideface Series
King George V Sideface Series
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17-131½d-1s4dEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1928: Definitives
SG106 1928 3d Fourth National Stamp Exhibition, Kookaburra
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1063dLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
SG106a 1928 3d Fourth National Stamp Exhibition, Kookaburra miniature sheet
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106a3dLaughing Kookaburra (miniature sheet)Dacelo novaeguineae
1929: Definitives
SG116 1929 1½d Western Australia
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1161½dBlack Swan Cygnus atratus
1930: Surcharge
SG 119 2d on 1½d Scarlet
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1192dEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
SG 120 5d on 4½d Violet
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1205dEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1932: Definitives
SG140 1931 1/- Lyre, blue-green
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1401sSuperb Lyrebird (Green)Menura novaehollandiae
SG140a 1931 1/- Lyre, yellow-green
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140a1sSuperb Lyrebird (Yellow-green)Menura novaehollandiae
1932: Overprint O.S.  
SGO136 1932 1/- Lyre Bird
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O1361sSuperb Lyrebird (Green)Menura novaehollandiae
1932: Definitives
SG146 1932 6d Kookaburra
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1466dLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1937: Definitives
SG172 6d Purple-Brown Kookaburra
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1726dLaughing Kookaburra (perf 13½x14 )Dacelo novaeguineae
SG174 1/- Grey-Green Superb Lyrebird bird
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1741sSuperb Lyrebird (perf 13½x14 )Menura novaehollandiae
SG192 1/- Grey-Green Superb Lyrebird bird
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1921sSuperb Lyrebird (perf 15x14 )Menura novaehollandiae
1942: Definitives      
SG207 3½d Bright Blue King George VI
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2073½dVariegated Fairy wren Malurus lamberti
SG208 5½d Slate-Blue Emu
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2085½dEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
1942: Definitives   
SG190 6d Red-Brown Kookaburra
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1906dLaughing Kookaburra (perf 15x14 )Dacelo novaeguineae
1954: Western Australian postage stamp centenary
SG277 3½d Black Western Australia
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2773½dBlack Swan Cygnus atratus
1956: Definitives
SG230b 6d Purple-Brown Kookaburra
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230b6dLaughing Kookaburra (No watermark, perf 15x14 )Dacelo novaeguineae
1956: Definitives
SG230d 1/- Grey-Green Superb Lyrebird bird
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230d1sSuperb 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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3636dYellow-rumped Thornbill Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
3649dAustralasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
3651s6dGalah Eolophus roseicapilla
3662sGolden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
3672s5dSuperb Fairywren Malurus cyaneus
3682s6dScarlet Robin Petroica multicolor
3693sStraw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
1964-5: Bird Definitives variations
363a6dYellow-rumped Thornbill (Emerald-green)Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
367a2s5dSuperb Fairywren (Ordinary paper)Malurus cyaneus
1966: Decimal Definitives
SG386 5c Thornbill Bird (emerald)
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3865cYellow-rumped Thornbill (Emerald-green)Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
SG386b 5c Thornbill Bird (blue green)
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386b5cYellow-rumped Thornbill (Blue-green)Acanthiza chrysorrhoa
SG387 6c Honeyeater
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3876cBlue-faced Honeyeater Entomyzon cyanotis
SG392 13c Red-necked Avocet
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39213cRed-necked Avocet Recurvirostra novaehollandiae
SG393 15c Galah
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39315cGalah Eolophus roseicapilla
SG394 20c Golden Whistler
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39420cGolden Whistler Pachycephala pectoralis
SG395 24c Azure Kingfisher
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39524cAzure Kingfisher Alcedo azurea
SG396 25c Scarlet Robin
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39625cScarlet Robin Petroica multicolor
SG397 30c Straw-necked Ibis
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39730cStraw-necked Ibis Threskiornis spinicollis
1976: SG616-21 Explorers set of 6
1976: SG616-21 Explorers set of 6
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61718cGalah 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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6691cChestnut-eared Finch Taeniopygia castanotis
6702cCrimson Finch Neochmia phaeton
6715cHooded Plover Thinornis cucullatus
67215cForest Kingfisher Todiramphus macleayii
67320cAustralasian Grebe Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
67420cYellow Robin Eopsaltria australis
67522cBuff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher Tanysiptera sylvia
67625cMasked Lapwing Vanellus miles
67730cPied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris
67840cLovely Fairywren Malurus amabilis
67950cFlame Robin Petroica phoenicea
68055cComb-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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69420cLaughing 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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MS69520cLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1980-82: SG734-40 Birds set of 8
1980-82: SG734-40 Birds set of 8
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73410cGolden-shouldered Parrot (Perf 12¾)Psephotus chrysopterygius
734b18cSpotted Catbird Ailuroedus melanotis
73528cRainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
73635cRegent Bowerbird Sericulus chrysocephalus
73745cMasked Woodswallow (Perf 12¾)Artamus personatus
73860cAustralian King-Parrot Alisterus scapularis
73980cRainbow Pitta Pitta iris
740$1Australasian Magpie Gymnorhina tibicen
1980-82: Australian birds variations
SG734a 10c Golden Shouldered Parrot perf 14½x14
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734a10cGolden-shouldered Parrot (Perf 14½x14)Psephotus chrysopterygius
SG737a 45c Masked Woodswallow perf 14x14½
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737a45cMasked Woodswallow (Perf 14x14½)Artamus personatus
1984: SG903a Airmail Flights pair
1984: SG903a Airmail Flights pair
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90345cRaggiana Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea raggiana
90445cLaughing 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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MS94530cBlack Swan Cygnus atratus
1984: SG959a Victoria pair
1984: SG959a Victoria pair
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95930cYellow-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/SB541cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
970a/SB5433cSulphur-crested Cockatoo (No perforation on left and right sides)Cacatua galerita
970a/SB5433cSulphur-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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102436cEmu Dromaius novaehollandiae
102536cLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1987: SG1072a Wildlife strip
1987: SG1072a Wildlife strip
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107337cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
107537cCrimson 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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107937cBlue-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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1105-637cGreat Egret Ardea alba
110737cSulphur-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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125241cBlack Swan Cygnus atratus
1990: SG1272-4 Christmas set of 3
1990: SG1272-4 Christmas set of 3
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127238cLaughing 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/SB7338cLaughing Kookaburra (No perforation on top side)Dacelo novaeguineae
1272a/SB7338cLaughing 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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127943cBlack-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
128043cBlack Swan Cygnus atratus
128185cCape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae
1282$1Chestnut Teal Anas castanea
1991: SG1299-302 Domestic Pets set of 4
1991: SG1299-302 Domestic Pets set of 4
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1302$1Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1993: Australian wildlife
1993: Australian wildlife
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136670cLaughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae
1370$1.20Pink Cockatoo Cacatua leadbeateri
136785cAustralian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus
1371$1.35Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae
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$2Black-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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141745cRed-tailed Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus banksii
1994: SG1479-83 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species set of 5
1994: SG1479-83 Australian Zoos, Endangered Species set of 5
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147945cScarlet 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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148545cScarlet 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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MS148445cScarlet 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/SB8645cScarlet 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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MS148445cScarlet 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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MS148445cScarlet 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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MS148445cScarlet 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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MS148445cScarlet 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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1366a70cLaughing 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$1Lord 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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162310cPowerful 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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163045cIndian 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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163845cBald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
1996: SG1645-50 Australian Pets set of 6
1996: SG1645-50 Australian Pets set of 6
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164745cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets miniature sheet
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets miniature sheet
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MS165145cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with ASDA 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with ASDA 96 overprint
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MS165145cSulphur-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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MS165145cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
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MS165145cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Melbourne 96 overprint
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MS165145cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Queensland overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Queensland overprint
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MS165145cSulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Swanpex 96 overprint
1996: SGMS1651 Australian Pets with Swanpex 96 overprint
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MS165145cSulphur-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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MS165145cSulphur-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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168145cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
168245cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
168345cBrolga Grus rubicunda
168445cBlack-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1686$10Great 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$10Great 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$10Great 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$10Great 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$10Great 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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168345cBrolga Grus rubicunda
168445cBlack-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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168745cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
168845cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
168945cBrolga Grus rubicunda
169045cBlack-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/SB11645cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687a/SB11645cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687a/SB11645cBrolga Grus rubicunda
1687a/SB11645cBlack-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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1687b45cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687b45cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687b45cBrolga Grus rubicunda
1687b45cBlack-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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1687d45cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1688d45cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1689d45cBrolga Grus rubicunda
1690d45cBlack-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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1687c/SB12145cComb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea
1687c/SB12145cLittle Kingfisher Alcedo pusilla
1687c/SB12145cBrolga Grus rubicunda
1687c/SB12145cBlack-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus
1997: SG1713-8 Nocturnal Animals set of 6
1997: SG1713-8 Nocturnal Animals set of 6
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171345cBarking Owl (perf 14½x14)Ninox connivens
1997: SGMS1719 Nocturnal Animals miniature sheet
1997: SGMS1719 Nocturnal Animals miniature sheet
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MS171945cBarking Owl (perf 14½)Ninox connivens
1997: SG1720a Nocturnal Animals self-adhesive pair
1997: SG1720a Nocturnal Animals self-adhesive pair
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172145cBarking 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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SB11745cBarking 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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17945cOrange-bellied Parrot Neophema chrysogaster
17955cYellow-tufted Honeyeater Lichenostomus melanops
179645cGouldian Finch Chloebia gouldiae
179745cRed-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$1.20Pink 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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185990cBrahminy Kite Haliastur indus
186090cBrahminy Kite Haliastur indus
1862$1.20White-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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190845cSacred 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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MS191345cSacred 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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MS191345cSacred 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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1914a45cSacred Kingfisher (perf 11½)Todiramphus sanctus

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