Bird stamps from Albania.

Albania is a country in Southeast Europe. It is bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, the Republic of Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It has a coast on the Adriatic Sea to the west, and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest.

It is less than 72 km (45 mi) from Italy, across the Strait of Otranto which links the Adriatic Sea to the Ionian Sea.

Albania is a member of the UN, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Council of Europe, World Trade Organisation, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and one of the founding members of the Union for the Mediterranean.

Albania has been a potential candidate for accession to the European Union since January 2003, and it formally applied for EU membership on 28 April 2009.

Albania is a parliamentary democracy with a transition economy. The Albanian capital, Tirana, is home to approximately 600,000 of the country's 3,000,000 people.

Free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure.

Albania was chosen as the No.1 Destination in Lonely Planet's list of ten top countries to visit for 2011.

Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name
1961.01   30.09.1961   Albanian birds      
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Grey Heron Ardea cinerea Little Egret Egretta garzetta
1.50l     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
7.50l     26     Grey Heron    Ardea cinerea     
11l     26     Little Egret    Egretta garzetta     
1962.01   28.11.1962   Anniversary of independence   3v set   
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
1l     37     Golden Eagle    Aquila chrysaetos     
16l     37     Golden Eagle    Aquila chrysaetos     
1963.01   20.04.1963   Birds      
Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Grey Partridge Perdix perdix Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus
0.50l     21     Great Crested Grebe    Podiceps cristatus     
3l     37     Golden Eagle    Aquila chrysaetos     
6.50l     11     Grey Partridge    Perdix perdix     
11l     11     Western Capercaillie    Tetrao urogallus     
1964.01   31.07.1964   Albanian birds      
Eurasian Wren Troglodytes troglodytes Eurasian Penduline Tit Remiz pendulinus European Green Woodpecker Picus viridis Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris Eurasian Nuthatch Sitta europaea Great Tit Parus major European Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Eurasian Golden Oriole Oriolus oriolus
0.50l     203     Eurasian Wren    Troglodytes troglodytes     
1l     178     Eurasian Penduline Tit    Remiz pendulinus     
2.50l     108     European Green Woodpecker    Picus viridis     
3l     207     Eurasian Treecreeper    Certhia familiaris     
4l     205     Eurasian Nuthatch    Sitta europaea     
5l     177     Great Tit    Parus major     
6l     225     European Goldfinch    Carduelis carduelis     
18l     158     Eurasian Golden Oriole    Oriolus oriolus     
1965.01   31.08.1965   Migratory birds      
White Stork Ciconia ciconia Common Cuckoo Cuculus canorus Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops European Bee-eater Merops apiaster European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
10q     24     White Stork    Ciconia ciconia     
20q     76     Common Cuckoo    Cuculus canorus     
30q     96     Eurasian Hoopoe    Upupa epops     
40q     95     European Bee-eater    Merops apiaster     
50q     82     European Nightjar    Caprimulgus europaeus     
1.50l     11     Common Quail    Coturnix coturnix     
1965.02   06.10.1965   Hunting   6v set   
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
10q     11     Western Capercaillie    Tetrao urogallus     
30q     11     Common Pheasant    Phasianus colchicus     
40q     14     Mallard    Anas platyrhynchos     
1966.01   20.12.1966   Birds of prey      
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla Griffon Vulture Gyps fulvus Eurasian Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus Western Osprey Pandion haliaetus Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus
10q     37     Golden Eagle    Aquila chrysaetos     
15q     37     White-tailed Eagle    Haliaeetus albicilla     
25q     37     Griffon Vulture    Gyps fulvus     
40q     37     Eurasian Sparrowhawk    Accipiter nisus     
50q     36     Western Osprey    Pandion haliaetus     
70q     37     Egyptian Vulture    Neophron percnopterus     
90q     38     Common Kestrel    Falco tinnunculus     
1967.01   22.02.1967   Dalmatian Pelican      
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus
10q     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
15q     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
25q     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
50q     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
2l     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
1967.02   25.11.1967   Domestic fowl   8v set   
Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris Mallard Anas platyrhynchos
15q     11     Wild Turkey    Meleagris gallopavo     
50q     9     Helmeted Guineafowl    Numida meleagris     
80q     14     Mallard    Anas platyrhynchos     
1968.01   15.11.1968   Birds      
Bohemian Waxwing Bombycilla garrulus Rosy Starling Pastor roseus Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria Bearded Reedling Panurus biarmicus
15q     170     Bohemian Waxwing    Bombycilla garrulus     
20q     209     Rosy Starling    Pastor roseus     
25q     92     Common Kingfisher    Alcedo atthis     
50q     187     Long-tailed Tit    Aegithalos caudatus     
80q     206     Wallcreeper    Tichodroma muraria     
1.10l     179     Bearded Reedling    Panurus biarmicus     
1971.01   15.08.1971   Birds      
European Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus European Serin Serinus serinus Common Linnet Carduelis cannabina Common Firecrest Regulus ignicapilla Common Rock Thrush Monticola saxatilis Eurasian Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus Common Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
5q     177     European Crested Tit    Lophophanes cristatus     
10q     225     European Serin    Serinus serinus     
15q     225     Common Linnet    Carduelis cannabina     
25q     201     Common Firecrest    Regulus ignicapilla     
45q     212     Common Rock Thrush    Monticola saxatilis     
60q     177     Eurasian Blue Tit    Cyanistes caeruleus     
2.40l     225     Common Chaffinch    Fringilla coelebs     
1973.01   30.04.1973   Sea birds      
Common Tern Sterna hirundo White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus Pallas's Gull Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus Slender-billed Gull Chroicocephalus genei Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis
5q     66     Common Tern    Sterna hirundo     
15q     66     White-winged Tern    Chlidonias leucopterus     
25q     66     Black-headed Gull    Chroicocephalus ridibundus     
45q     66     Pallas's Gull    Ichthyaetus ichthyaetus     
80q     66     Slender-billed Gull    Chroicocephalus genei     
2.40l     66     Sandwich Tern    Thalasseus sandvicensis     
1974.01   15.07.1974   Song birds      
Redwing Turdus iliacus European Robin Erithacus rubecula European Greenfinch Chloris chloris Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes Eurasian Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
10q     211     Redwing    Turdus iliacus     
15q     212     European Robin    Erithacus rubecula     
20q     225     European Greenfinch    Chloris chloris     
25q     225     Eurasian Bullfinch    Pyrrhula pyrrhula     
40q     225     Hawfinch    Coccothraustes coccothraustes     
80q     197     Eurasian Blackcap    Sylvia atricapilla     
2.20l     212     Common Nightingale    Luscinia megarhynchos     
1975.01   15.06.1975   Albanian wildfowl      
Eurasian Wigeon Anas penelope Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons Northern Pintail Anas acuta Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator Common Eider Somateria mollissima Tundra Swan Cygnus columbianus Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata
5q     14     Eurasian Wigeon    Anas penelope     
10q     14     Red-crested Pochard    Netta rufina     
15q     14     Greater White-fronted Goose    Anser albifrons     
20q     14     Northern Pintail    Anas acuta     
25q     14     Red-breasted Merganser    Mergus serrator     
30q     14     Common Eider    Somateria mollissima     
35q     14     Tundra Swan    Cygnus columbianus     
2.70l     14     Northern Shoveler    Anas clypeata     
1997.01   10.04.1997   Dalmatian Pelican   Strip   
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus
10l     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
80l     29     Dalmatian Pelican    Pelecanus crispus     
2003.01   20.08.2003   Albanian birds   Sheet   
White Stork Ciconia ciconia Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos Eurasian Eagle-Owl Bubo bubo Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus
70l     24     White Stork    Ciconia ciconia     
70l     37     Golden Eagle    Aquila chrysaetos     
70l     78     Eurasian Eagle-Owl    Bubo bubo     
70l     11     Western Capercaillie    Tetrao urogallus     
2003.02   20.10.2003   Albanian nature   3v set   
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
20l     29     Great White Pelican    Pelecanus onocrotalus     

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