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08 February 2005
3/2005
Commemorative Issue

Australian Parrots

Australia
Australia's colourful parrots are among our most beautiful and spectacular birds. Of around 370 species of parrot worldwide, 55 (including cockatoos, lorikeets, rosellas and parrots) are found in Australia, and constitute a significant proportion of the country's approximately 50 bird species.

Parrots can be found in many habitats, from tropical rainforests to the desert, and from the mountains to the coast. They belong to the group of birds known as Psittaciformes.

Two physical features set them apart from many other birds: a short, deep, down-curved bill; and the arrangement of their toes with two toes pointing forward and two pointing backward.

Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae)  

Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae)

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Widely but erratically distributed across the arid mulga and spinifex scrubs of interior northern Australia.

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)  

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)

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Widespread in eastern Australia from the tip of Cape York Peninsula, south to Melbourne, and west to Adelaide.

Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)  

Green Rosella (Platycercus caledonicus)

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Found only in Tasmania and the islands of the Bass Strait where it is at home in most wooded areas up to 1,500 metres and suburban gardens.

Red-capped Parrot (purpureicephalus spurius)  

Red-capped Parrot (purpureicephalus spurius)

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Confined to the south-western corner of the Australian continent, its distribution is closely associated with the Marri, a species of eucalypt.

Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrochephala)  

Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrochephala)

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Strongly nomadic and found in a variety of habitats across southern Australia from around Perth to the Mallacoota region of Victoria.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-02-08
Denominations: 5 x 50c
Designer: Kevin Stead
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
National Postmark: Rainbow Beach, QLD 4581
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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