Bird stamps from Ciskei.

Ciskei  was a nominally independent state – a Bantustan – in the south east of South Africa.

It covered an area of 7,700 square kilometres (3,000 sq mi), almost entirely surrounded by what was then the Cape Province, and possessed a small coastline along the shore of the Indian Ocean.

Under South Africa's policy of apartheid, land was set aside for black peoples in self-governing territories.

Ciskei was designated as one of two homelands or "Bantustans" for Xhosa-speaking people. Ngqika (Rharhabe) Xhosa people were resettled



Ciskei had a succession of capitals during its existence.

Originally, Zwelitsha served as the capital with the view that Alice would become the long-term national capital.

However, it was Bisho (now spelled Bhisho) that became the capital until Ciskei's reintegration into South Africa.

The name Ciskei means "on this side of the Kei River", and is in contrast to the neighbouring Bantustan of Transkei.

Ciskei and all of the other homelands were reincorporated into South Africa on 27 April 1994, after the first post-apartheid elections.

Along with Transkei, Ciskei became part of the new Eastern Cape Province, with its capital becoming the capital of the new province.
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Cl: Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix) <<Igolomi>>  SG 5 (1981) 5 Cl: Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix) <<Igolomi>>  SG 5 (1981) 5HM: Knysna Turaco (Tauraco corythaix) <<Igolomi>>  SG 5 (1981) 5Cl: Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis) <<Umvetshane>>  SG 6 (1981) 5 Cl: Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis) <<Umvetshane>>  SG 6 (1981) 5HM: Cape Wagtail (Motacilla capensis) <<Umvetshane>>  SG 6 (1981) 5Cl: White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) <<Ubikhwe>>  SG 7 (1981) 5 Cl: White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) <<Ubikhwe>>  SG 7 (1981) 5HM: White-browed Coucal (Centropus superciliosus) <<Ubikhwe>>  SG 7 (1981) 5Cl: Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) <<Ingcyngcu>>  SG 8 (1981) 8 Cl: Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) <<Ingcyngcu>>  SG 8 (1981) 8HM: Yellow-tufted Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa) <<Ingcyngcu>>  SG 8 (1981) 8Cl: Blue Crane (Grus paradisea) <<Indwe>>  SG 9 (1981) 8 Cl: Blue Crane (Grus paradisea) <<Indwe>>  SG 9 (1981) 8HM: Stanley Crane (Anthropoides paradisea) <<Indwe>>  SG 9 (1981) 8Cl: Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio) <<Isomi>>  SG 10 (1981) 8 Cl: Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio) <<Isomi>>  SG 10 (1981) 8HM: African Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio) <<Isomi>>  SG 10 (1981) 8Cl: Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maximus) <<Uxomoyi>>  SG 11 (1981) 10 Cl: Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maximus) <<Uxomoyi>>  SG 11 (1981) 10HM: Giant Kingfisher (Ceryle maxima) <<Uxomoyi>>  SG 11 (1981) 10Cl: Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) <<Ingangane>>  SG 12 (1981) 10 Cl: Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) <<Ingangane>>  SG 12 (1981) 10HM: Hadada Ibis (Hagedashia hagedash) <<Ingangane>>  SG 12 (1981) 10Cl: Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus) <<Unomtan'ofayo>>  SG 13 (1981) 12 Cl: Black Cuckoo (Cuculus clamosus) <<Unomtan'ofayo>>  SG 13 (1981) 12HM: Black Cuckoo (Cuculus cafer) <<Unomtan'ofayo>>  SG 13 (1981) 12Cl: Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus) <<Isinagogo>>  SG 14 (1981) 12 Cl: Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus) <<Isinagogo>>  SG 14 (1981) 12HM: Black-collared Barbet (Lybius torquatus) <<Isinagogo>>  SG 14 (1981) 12Cl: African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) <<Unomakhwezana>>  SG 15 (1981) 15 Cl: African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) <<Unomakhwezana>>  SG 15 (1981) 15HM: African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer) <<Unomakhwezana>>  SG 15 (1981) 15Cl: Orange-throated Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) <<Inqilo>>  SG 16 (1981) 20 Cl: Orange-throated Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) <<Inqilo>>  SG 16 (1981) 20HM: Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis) <<Inqilo>>  SG 16 (1981) 20Cl: Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) <<Ingqangqolo>>  SG 17 (1981) 25 Cl: Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) <<Ingqangqolo>>  SG 17 (1981) 25HM: Cape Dikkop (Burhinus capensis) <<Ingqangqolo>>  SG 17 (1981) 25Cl: African Green-Pigeon (Treron calva) <<Intendekwane>>  SG 18 (1981) 30 Cl: African Green-Pigeon (Treron calva) <<Intendekwane>>  SG 18 (1981) 30HM: African Green Pigeon (Treron calva) <<Intendekwane>>  SG 18 (1981) 30Cl: Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) <<Isikhwenene>>  SG 19 (1981) 35Cl: Brown-necked Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) <<Isikhwenene>>  SG 19 (1981) 35HM: Cape Parrot (Poicephalus robustus) <<Isikhwenene>>  SG 19 (1981) 35Cl: Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) <<Intshatshonga>>  SG 20 (1981) 110 Cl: Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) <<Intshatshonga>>  SG 20 (1981) 110HM: Narina Trogon (Apaloderma narina) <<Intshatshonga>>  SG 20 (1981) 110Cl: Cape Eagle-Owl (Bubo capensis) <<Isihuluhulu>>  SG 21 (1981) 210 Cl: Cape Eagle-Owl (Bubo capensis) <<Isihuluhulu>>  SG 21 (1981) 210HM: Cape Eagle Owl (Bubo capensis) <<Isihuluhulu>>  SG 21 (1981) 210Cl: African Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) <<Umkro>>  SG 14a (1984) 12 Cl: African Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) <<Umkro>>  SG 14a (1984) 12HM: African Black-headed Oriole (Oriolus larvatus) <<Umkro>>  SG 14a (1984) 12Cl: Banded Martin (Riparia cincta) SG 60 (1984) 12 Cl: Banded Martin (Riparia cincta) SG 60 (1984) 12HM: Banded Sand Martin (Riparia cincta) SG 60 (1984) 12Cl: House Martin (Delichon urbica) SG 61 (1984) 25 Cl: House Martin (Delichon urbica) SG 61 (1984) 25HM: House Martin (Delichon urbica) SG 61 (1984) 25Cl: Greater Striped-Swallow (Cecropis cucullata) SG 62 (1984) 30 Cl: Greater Striped-Swallow (Cecropis cucullata) SG 62 (1984) 30HM: Greater Striped Swallow (Hirundo cucullata) SG 62 (1984) 30Cl: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) SG 63 (1984) 45 Cl: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) SG 63 (1984) 45HM: Barn Swallow (Hirundo rusticola) SG 63 (1984) 45Cl: Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) <<Undozela>>  SG 14b (1985) 12 Cl: Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) <<Undozela>>  SG 14b (1985) 12HM: Malachite Kingfisher (Alcedo cristata) <<Undozela>>  SG 14b (1985) 12Cl: Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) <<Ubhobhoyi>>  SG 14c (1986) 12 Cl: Eurasian Hoopoe (Upupa epops) <<Ubhobhoyi>>  SG 14c (1986) 12HM: Hoopoe (Upupa epops) <<Ubhobhoyi>>  SG 14c (1986) 12Cl: Cape Batis (Batis capensis) <<Ingedle>>  SG 15a (1987) 15 Cl: Cape Batis (Batis capensis) <<Ingedle>>  SG 15a (1987) 15HM: Cape Puff-back Flycatcher (Batis capensis) <<Ingedle>>  SG 15a (1987) 15Cl: Cape Crow (Corvus capensis) SG 127 (1988) 
[1/10]Cl: Cape Crow (Corvus capensis) SG 127 (1988) 
[1/10]HM: Black Crow (Corvus capensis) SG 127 (1988) 
[1/10]Cl: Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) SG 128 (1988) 
[1/10] Cl: Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) SG 128 (1988) 
[1/10]HM: Speckled Pigeon (Columba guinea) SG 128 (1988) 
[1/10]Cl: Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne) <<Ibhaku>>  SG 15b (1989)  Cl: Long-tailed Widowbird (Euplectes progne) <<Ibhaku>>  SG 15b (1989) HM: Long-tailed Whydah (Euplectes progne) <<Ibhaku>>  SG 15b (1989) Cl: Lemon Dove (Columba larvata) <<Indenge>>  SG 16a (1990)  Cl: Lemon Dove (Columba larvata) <<Indenge>>  SG 16a (1990) HM: Lemon Dove (Aplopelia larvata) <<Indenge>>  SG 16a (1990) Cl: Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) SG 177 (1991)  Cl: Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) SG 177 (1991) HM: African Marsh Owl (Asio capensis) SG 177 (1991) Cl: African Scops-Owl (Otus senegalensis) SG 178 (1991)  Cl: African Scops-Owl (Otus senegalensis) SG 178 (1991) HM: African Scops Owl (Otus senegalensis) SG 178 (1991) Cl: Barn Owl (Tyto alba) SG 179 (1991)  Cl: Barn Owl (Tyto alba) SG 179 (1991) HM: Barn Owl (Tyto alba) SG 179 (1991) Cl: African Wood-Owl (Strix woodfordii) SG 180 (1991)
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March 6, 2017 at 12:12 PM ×

The postage stamps of Eritrea birds are very beautiful. Thank you for the diffusion of the philately.

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March 6, 2017 at 12:15 PM ×

All wildlife postage stamps are very beautiful, especially birds. Thanks for your comment.

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