Bird stamps from Barbados

Barbados is an island country in the Lesser Antilles. It is 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and as much as 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, amounting to 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi).

It is situated in the western area of the North Atlantic and 100 kilometres (62 mi) east of the Windward Islands and the Caribbean Sea; there in, it is about 168 kilometres (104 mi) east of the islands of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and 400 kilometres (250 mi) north-east of Trinidad and Tobago. Barbados is outside of the principal Atlantic hurricane belt.

Barbados was initially visited by the Spanish around the late 1400s to early 1500s and first appears on a Spanish map from 1511.The Spanish explorers may have plundered the island of whatever native peoples resided therein to become slaves.

Thereafter, the Portuguese in 1536 then visited, but they too left it unclaimed, with their only remnants being an introduction of wild hogs for a good supply of meat whenever the island was visited. The first English ship, the Olive Blossom, arrived in Barbados in 1624. They took possession of it in the name of 'James I, King of England'. Two years later in 1627 the first permanent settlers arrived from England and it became an English and later British colony.

Barbados has an estimated population of 284,000 people, with around 80,000 living in or around Bridgetown, the largest city and the country's capital. In 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.

Barbados is one of the Caribbean's leading tourist destinations and is one of the most developed islands in the region, with an HDI number of 0.788. In 2011 Barbados ranked 2nd in The Americas (16th globally) on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index.
Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name
1979.01   07.08.1979   Birds      
Grassland Yellow Finch Sicalis luteola Grey Kingbird Tyrannus dominicensis Barbados Bullfinch Loxigilla barbadensis Magnificent Frigatebird Fregata magnificens Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Green Heron Butorides virescens Antillean Crested Hummingbird Orthorhyncus cristatus Common Ground Dove Columbina passerina Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris Green-throated Carib Eulampis holosericeus Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita Scaly-naped Pigeon Patagioenas squamosa Bananaquit Coereba flaveola Caribbean Elaenia Elaenia martinica American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata
1c     232     Grassland Yellow Finch    Sicalis luteola     
2c     119     Grey Kingbird    Tyrannus dominicensis     
5c     232     Barbados Bullfinch    Loxigilla barbadensis     
8c     30     Magnificent Frigatebird    Fregata magnificens     
10c     26     Western Cattle Egret    Bubulcus ibis     
12c     26     Green Heron    Butorides virescens     
20c     86     Antillean Crested Hummingbird    Orthorhyncus cristatus     
25c     70     Common Ground Dove    Columbina passerina     
28c     229     Carib Grackle    Quiscalus lugubris     
35c     86     Green-throated Carib    Eulampis holosericeus     
45c     70     Zenaida Dove    Zenaida aurita     
50c     70     Scaly-naped Pigeon    Patagioenas squamosa     
70c     230     Bananaquit    Coereba flaveola     
1$     119     Caribbean Elaenia    Elaenia martinica     
2.50$     227     American Redstart    Setophaga ruticilla     
5$     92     Belted Kingfisher    Megaceryle alcyon     
10$     46     Common Gallinule    Gallinula galeata     
1981.01   01.09.1981   Birds      
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica
55c     58     American Golden Plover    Pluvialis dominica     
1982.01   01.02.1982   Surcharge on 1979.01      
Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris Zenaida Dove Zenaida aurita Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
15c     229     Carib Grackle    Quiscalus lugubris     
40c     70     Zenaida Dove    Zenaida aurita     
60c     230     Bananaquit    Coereba flaveola     
1982.02   01.03.1982   New face value      1979.01
Carib Grackle Quiscalus lugubris Scaly-naped Pigeon Patagioenas squamosa Bananaquit Coereba flaveola
15c     229     Carib Grackle    Quiscalus lugubris     
40c     70     Scaly-naped Pigeon    Patagioenas squamosa     
60c     230     Bananaquit    Coereba flaveola     
1984.01   24.10.1984   Christmas flowers   4v set   
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris
1$     86     Ruby-throated Hummingbird    Archilochus colubris     
1985.01   06.08.1985   Audubon      
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Prairie Warbler Setophaga discolor Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva
45c     38     Peregrine Falcon    Falco peregrinus     
65c     227     Prairie Warbler    Setophaga discolor     
75c     26     Great Blue Heron    Ardea herodias     
1$     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
1987.01   12.06.1987   Capex '87      
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva Audubon's Shearwater Puffinus lherminieri Black-whiskered Vireo Vireo altiloquus Scarlet Tanager Piranga olivacea
25c     183     Barn Swallow    Hirundo rustica     
50c     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
65c     18     Audubon's Shearwater    Puffinus lherminieri     
75c     157     Black-whiskered Vireo    Vireo altiloquus     
1$     232     Scarlet Tanager    Piranga olivacea     
1991.01   04.03.1991   WWF      
American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva American Yellow Warbler Setophaga aestiva
10c     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
20c     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
45c     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
1$     227     American Yellow Warbler    Setophaga aestiva     
1994.01   18.02.1994   Hong Kong '94      
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor
10c     64     Whimbrel    Numenius phaeopus     
35c     58     Pacific Golden Plover    Pluvialis fulva     
70c     64     Ruddy Turnstone    Arenaria interpres     
3$     26     Tricolored Heron    Egretta tricolor     
1999.01   27.04.1999   WWF      
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Piping Plover Charadrius melodus
10c     58     Piping Plover    Charadrius melodus     
45c     58     Piping Plover    Charadrius melodus     
50c     58     Piping Plover    Charadrius melodus     
70c     58     Piping Plover    Charadrius melodus     
2000.01   22.05.2000   Definitives   14v set   
Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
3$     11     Indian Peafowl    Pavo cristatus     

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