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Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name
1898.01   11.07.1898   Definitives      
White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba
2d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Brown
6d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     = 2d, purple
1s     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     = 2d, red

1899.01   09.11.1899   Definitives      1898.01
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Steel blue

1900.01   Definitives      1898.01
White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep blue
2d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep brown
6d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Bright purple
1s     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep carmine

1902.01   01.02.1902   Definitives      1898.01
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Blue-green
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Yellow-green, thick paper

1902.02   01.09.1902   Definitives   wmk   1898.01
White Tern Gygis alba
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Yellow-green
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Grey-green
2d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep brown
6d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Purple
1s     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Carmine

1911.01   Definitives   wmk, p 14x14   1898.01
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Green

1915.01   Definitives   wmk, p 14   1898.01
White Tern Gygis alba
œd     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep green

1919.01   Definitives   wmk, p 15x14   1898.01
White Tern Gygis alba
2d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Deep brown
1s     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     Carmine

1949.01   01.08.1949   Definitives      
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
1d     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     

1963.01   04.06.1963   Definitives      
White Tern Gygis alba
5d     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     

1967.01   04.05.1967   Surcharge on 1963.01      
4c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     

1973.01   15.03.1973   Currency   7v set   
White Tern Gygis alba
20c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     

1974.01   16.09.1974   UPU, stamp on stamp   4v set   1898.01
White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba
25c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     
50c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     

1974.02   16.09.1974   UPU, stamp on stamp   4v sheet   1974.01
White Tern Gygis alba White Tern Gygis alba
25c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     
50c     64     White Tern    Gygis alba     

1974.03   15.10.1974   Christmas   5v set   
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
1c     232     European Goldfinch    Carduelis carduelis     

1974.04   09.12.1974   Christmas      1974.03
European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
50c     232     European Goldfinch    Carduelis carduelis     MS

1976.01   15.11.1976   Nature conservation day      
Mewing Kingfisher Todiramphus ruficollaris
1$     87     Mewing Kingfisher    Todiramphus ruficollaris     

1977.01   15.11.1977   Nature conservation day      
Atiu Swiftlet Aerodramus sawtelli
1$     80     Atiu Swiftlet    Aerodramus sawtelli     

1978.01   15.11.1978   Nature conservation day      
Cook Reed Warbler Acrocephalus kerearako
1$     194     Cook Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus kerearako     

1979.01   07.11.1979   Apollo 11   4v set   
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
30c     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     p 14

1979.02   07.11.1979   Apollo 11   4v sheet   1979.01
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus
30c     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     p 13½

1979.03   15.11.1979   Nature conservation day      
Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove Ptilinopus rarotongensis
1$     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     

1985.01   23.04.1985   Audubon      
Downy Woodpecker Dryobates pubescens Black-throated Blue Warbler Setophaga caerulescens Yellow-throated Warbler Setophaga dominica Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica Dickcissel Spiza americana White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
30c     103     Downy Woodpecker    Dryobates pubescens     
55c     233     Black-throated Blue Warbler    Setophaga caerulescens     
65c     233     Yellow-throated Warbler    Setophaga dominica     
75c     233     Chestnut-sided Warbler    Setophaga pensylvanica     
95c     240     Dickcissel    Spiza americana     
1.15$     237     White-crowned Sparrow    Zonotrichia leucophrys     

1985.02   23.04.1985   Audubon      

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker  Leuconotopicus borealis Seaside Sparrow  Ammodramus maritimus Zenaida Dove  Zenaida aurita
1.30$     103     Red-cockaded Woodpecker    Leuconotopicus borealis     MS
2.80$     237     Seaside Sparrow    Ammodramus maritimus     MS
5.30$     68     Zenaida Dove    Zenaida aurita     MS

1989.01   04.10.1989   WWF      
Rarotonga Monarch Pomarea dimidiata Rarotonga Monarch Pomarea dimidiata Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove Ptilinopus rarotongensis Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove Ptilinopus rarotongensis
15c     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     
20c     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     
65c     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     
70c     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     

1989.02   04.10.1989   WWF      1989.01

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Rarotonga Monarch  Pomarea dimidiata Rarotonga Monarch  Pomarea dimidiata Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove  Ptilinopus rarotongensis Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove  Ptilinopus rarotongensis
1$     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     MS
1.25$     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     MS
1.50$     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     MS
1.75$     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     MS

1990.01   05.12.1990   Birdpex '90      1989.02

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Rarotonga Monarch  Pomarea dimidiata Rarotonga Monarch  Pomarea dimidiata Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove  Ptilinopus rarotongensis Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove  Ptilinopus rarotongensis
1$     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     MS
1.25$     162     Rarotonga Monarch    Pomarea dimidiata     MS
1.50$     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     MS
1.75$     68     Lilac-crowned Fruit Dove    Ptilinopus rarotongensis     MS

1992.01   14.07.1992   Endangered wildlife      
Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo
1.15$     73     Eurasian Eagle-Owl    Bubo bubo     

1992.02   15.07.1992   Endangered wildlife      
Bee Hummingbird Mellisuga helenae
1.15$     81     Bee Hummingbird    Mellisuga helenae     

1992.03   16.10.1992   Pacific arts      
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
80c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
85c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     = 80c
1$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     = 80c
1.75$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     = 80c

1992.04   16.10.1992   Overprint ROYAL VISIT on 1992.03      
80c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
85c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
1$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
1.75$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     

1992.05   02.11.1992   Endangered wildlife      
African Penguin Spheniscus demersus
1.15$     15     African Penguin    Spheniscus demersus     

1992.06   04.11.1992   Endangered wildlife      
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus
1.15$     104     Peregrine Falcon    Falco peregrinus     

1994.01   20.07.1994   Apollo 11      
2.25$     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     
2.25$     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     = 2.25$
2.25$     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     = 2.25$
2.25$     36     Bald Eagle    Haliaeetus leucocephalus     = 2.25$

1999.01   31.12.1999   Overprint KIA ORANA on 1992.03      
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda
80c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
85c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
1$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     
1.75$     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     

2001.01   30.04.2001   Overprint Suwarrow Sanctuary on 1992.01-2   12v set   
Bee Hummingbird Mellisuga helenae Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo
80c     81     Bee Hummingbird    Mellisuga helenae     
80c     73     Eurasian Eagle-Owl    Bubo bubo     

2005.01   13.06.2005   WWF      
Cook Reed Warbler Acrocephalus kerearako Mewing Kingfisher Todiramphus ruficollaris Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Atiu Swiftlet Aerodramus sawtelli
80c     194     Cook Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus kerearako     
90c     87     Mewing Kingfisher    Todiramphus ruficollaris     
1.15$     216     Rarotonga Starling    Aplonis cinerascens     
1.95$     80     Atiu Swiftlet    Aerodramus sawtelli     

2007.01   20.03.2007   Wildlife   26v set   
Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana Blue Lorikeet Vini peruviana
10c     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     Aitutaki 2002.01
50c     216     Rarotonga Starling    Aplonis cinerascens     Cook 2005.01
2$     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     Aitutaki 2002.01
2$     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     Aitutaki 2002.01
2$     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     Aitutaki 2002.01
2$     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     Aitutaki 2002.01

2007.02   20.03.2007   Wildlife      2005.01
Mewing Kingfisher Todiramphus ruficollaris Cook Reed Warbler Acrocephalus kerearako Rarotonga Starling Aplonis cinerascens Atiu Swiftlet Aerodramus sawtelli
80c     87     Mewing Kingfisher    Todiramphus ruficollaris     
80c     194     Cook Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus kerearako     
80c     216     Rarotonga Starling    Aplonis cinerascens     
80c     80     Atiu Swiftlet    Aerodramus sawtelli     

2007.03   10.12.2007   Birds      2007.01-2
Cook Reed Warbler Acrocephalus kerearako
15$     194     Cook Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus kerearako     
and     108     Blue Lorikeet    Vini peruviana     
and     80     Atiu Swiftlet    Aerodramus sawtelli     

2010.01   19.12.2010   WWF      
Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii Kuhl's Lorikeet Vini kuhlii
80c     108     Kuhl's Lorikeet    Vini kuhlii     
90c     108     Kuhl's Lorikeet    Vini kuhlii     
2.40$     108     Kuhl's Lorikeet    Vini kuhlii     
3.60$     108     Kuhl's Lorikeet    Vini kuhlii     

2011.01   21.10.2011   Wetlands   4v set   
Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis
80c     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     

2011.02   23.12.2011   Christmas   4v set   
Greylag Goose Anser anser Mute Swan Cygnus olor
1.20$     8     Greylag Goose    Anser anser     
2.10$     8     Mute Swan    Cygnus olor     

2011.03   23.12.2011   Christmas   4v sheet   2011.02
Greylag Goose Anser anser Mute Swan Cygnus olor
1.20$     8     Greylag Goose    Anser anser     
2.10$     8     Mute Swan    Cygnus olor     

2011.04   23.12.2011   Christmas   Sheet of 3 sets   2011.02
Greylag Goose Anser anser Mute Swan Cygnus olor
1.20$     8     Greylag Goose    Anser anser     
2.10$     8     Mute Swan    Cygnus olor     

2013.01   31.05.2013   Wildlife   6v set   
Whooping Crane Grus americana
1.50$     46     Whooping Crane    Grus americana     

2014.01   28.11.2014   WWF   White frame   
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
1$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.30$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.50$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.70$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     

2014.02   28.11.2014   WWF   No frame   2014.01
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
1$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.30$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.50$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     
1.70$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     

2014.03   28.11.2014   WWF      
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
7.50$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     MS

2015.01   05.08.2015   Self government, stamp on stamp   15v sheet   
Mewing Kingfisher Todiramphus ruficollaris Atiu Swiftlet Aerodramus sawtelli Cook Reed Warbler Acrocephalus kerearako
30c     87     Mewing Kingfisher    Todiramphus ruficollaris     1976.01
30c     80     Atiu Swiftlet    Aerodramus sawtelli     1977.01
30c     194     Cook Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus kerearako     1978.01

2015.02   05.08.2015   Self government, stamp on stamp   15v sheet   
Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Red-tailed Tropicbird Phaethon rubricauda Bee Hummingbird Mellisuga helenae
40c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     1992.03 80c
40c     22     Red-tailed Tropicbird    Phaethon rubricauda     1999.01 1.75$
40c     81     Bee Hummingbird    Mellisuga helenae     2001.01

2015.03   05.08.2015   Self government, stamp on stamp   10v sheet   
Mewing Kingfisher Todiramphus ruficollaris
50c     87     Mewing Kingfisher    Todiramphus ruficollaris     2005.01

2016.01   27.05.2016   Pacific marine life   12v set   
Bristle-thighed Curlew Numenius tahitiensis
3$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     

2017.01   09.06.2017   Surcharge on WWF 2014      2014.01
Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis Spotless Crake Porzana tabuensis
50c     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.30$)
50c     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.50$)
50c     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.70$)
1$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.30$)
1$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.50$)
1$     44     Spotless Crake    Porzana tabuensis     (1.70$)

2017.02   31.10.2017   WWF      
1$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     White frame
1.60$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     White frame
1.70$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     White frame
2.40$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     White frame

2017.03   31.10.2017   WWF   Sheet with 2 sets   2017.02
1$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     No frame
1.60$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     No frame
1.70$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     No frame
2.40$     62     Bristle-thighed Curlew    Numenius tahitiensis     No frame

Cook Islands map

Location: Oceania, group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean
Population: 21,750
Climate: tropical; moderated by trade winds
Terrain: low coral atolls in north; volcanic, hilly islands in south

Birds: 50 species. 6 endemic species.

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