Australia PS 1999 Birds

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  • Issue Date : 12 August 1999
  • Designed by : Lisa Christensen
  • Illustrated by: Crissie Davies
  • Printed by : Mercury-Walch
  • Print Process : Offset Lithography
  • Withdrawal date :


A set of five DL sized pre-stamped envelopes featuring animated illustrations of the vivid beauty and personality of Australian native birds was released on 12 August. Illustrated by Crissie Davies of Earth Graphic Design, the five pre-stamped envelopes each feature an Australian native bird. The first day of issue postmark was Birdwood SA 5234.

Pre-stamped Envelopes

45c Fairy Penguin Envelope

The Fairy Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the only type of penguin to breed in Australia. It is the smallest of all penguins – adults are between 33 – 43 centimetres tall and weigh about one kilogram. They are also unique in that they only come ashore at night under the cover of darkness.

45c Major Mitchell's Cockatoo Envelope

Usually found in small groups the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri), also known as the Pink Cockatoo, spends most of its day feeding on the ground or among the branches of trees or shrubs. In the late afternoon or early morning they go to water holes to drink.

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45c Major Mitchell's Cockatoo

45c Budgerigar Envelope

A highly nomadic bird, the Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) performs most activities as part of a flock. Budgerigars roost in trees selected along water courses and change their roost site each night. Their diet consists of the seeds of grasses, shrubs, and herbs.

45c Splendid Fairy-wren Envelope

The Splendid Fairy-wren (Malurus splendens) feeds on a wide variety of insects which it catches as it forages, hopping around in loose groups along the ground and through and over small shrubs. In full breeding the male Splendid Fairy-wren is a brilliant incandescent blue. This envelope actually pictures the Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyneus).

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45c Splendid Fairy-wren

45c Laughing Kookaburra Envelope

The Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) is the largest of the kingfisher family but, unlike most of its relatives, is sedentary and occupies the same territory year round. Kookaburras eat snakes, lizards, rodents, the odd small bird, crustaceans and frogs as well as various insects and other invertebrates.

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45c Laughing Kookaburra