Bird Stamps from Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

The Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, also called Cocos Islands and Keeling Islands, is a territory of Australia, located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of Christmas Island and approximately midway between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The territory consists of two atolls and 27 coral islands, of which two, West Island and Home Island, are inhabited with a total population of approximately 600.

The islands have been called the Cocos Islands (from 1622), the Keeling Islands (from 1703), the Cocos–Keeling Islands (since James Horsburgh in 1805) and the Keeling–Cocos Islands (19th century).

Cocos refers to the abundant coconut trees, while Keeling is William Keeling, reputedly the first European to sight the islands, in 1609.

John Clunies-Ross, who sailed there in the Borneo in 1825, called the group the Borneo Coral Isles, restricting Keeling to North Keeling, and calling South Keeling "the Cocos properly so called".

The form Cocos (Keeling) Islands, attested from 1916, was made official by the Cocos (Keeling) Islands Act 1955.

There are no rivers or lakes on either atoll. Fresh water resources are limited to water lenses on the larger islands, underground accumulations of rainwater lying above the seawater.

These lenses are accessed through shallow bores or wells.
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Cl: White Tern (Gygis alba) SG 6 (1963) 1800 Cl: White Tern (Gygis alba) SG 6 (1963) 1800HM: White Tern (Gygis alba) SG 6 (1963) 1800Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) SG 14 (1969) 70
[2/26] Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) SG 14 (1969) 70
[2/26]HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis) SG 14 (1969) 70
[2/26]Cl: Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)(Introduced)  SG 15 (1969) 30
[2/26] Cl: Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)(Introduced)  SG 15 (1969) 30
[2/26]HM: Java Sparrow (Padda oryzivora)(Introduced)  SG 15 (1969) 30
[2/26]Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) SG 16 (1969) 30
[2/26] Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) SG 16 (1969) 30
[2/26]HM: Red-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon rubricauda) SG 16 (1969) 30
[2/26]Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 17 (1969) 30
[2/26] Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 17 (1969) 30
[2/26]HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 17 (1969) 30
[2/26]Cl: Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 18 (1969) 30
[2/26] Cl: Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 18 (1969) 30
[2/26]HM: Eastern Reef Heron (Egretta sacra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 18 (1969) 30
[2/26]Cl: Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) SG 19 (1969) 100
[2/26] Cl: Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor) SG 19 (1969) 100
[2/26]HM: Great Frigate Bird (Fregata minor) SG 19 (1969) 100
[2/26]Cl: Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) SG 20 (1976) 30
[3/13] Cl: Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) SG 20 (1976) 30
[3/13]HM: Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) SG 20 (1976) 30
[3/13]Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 31 (1976) 75
[3/13] Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 31 (1976) 75
[3/13]HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 31 (1976) 75
[3/13]Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 48 (1979) 25
[3/12] Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 48 (1979) 25
[3/12]HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 48 (1979) 25
[3/12]Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 131 (1985) 225
[3/16] Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 131 (1985) 225
[3/16]HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 131 (1985) 225
[3/16]Cl: Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) SG 132 (1985) 175Cl: Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) SG 132 (1985) 175HM: Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) SG 132 (1985) 175Cl: Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) SG 133 (1985) 200 Cl: Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) SG 133 (1985) 200HM: Rufous Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) SG 133 (1985) 200Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)(Repeat for this country)  SG 134 (1985) 225 Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis)(Repeat for this country)  SG 134 (1985) 225HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis)(Repeat for this country)  SG 134 (1985) 225Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 265 (1992) 285 Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 265 (1992) 285HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 265 (1992) 285Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 266 (1992)  Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 266 (1992) HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 266 (1992) Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 267 (1992)  Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 267 (1992) HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 267 (1992) Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 268 (1992)  Cl: Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 268 (1992) HM: Banded Rail (Rallus philippensis andrewsi)(Repeat for this country)  SG 268 (1992) Cl: White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) SG 323 (1995) 60 Cl: White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) SG 323 (1995) 60HM: White-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon lepturus) SG 323 (1995) 60Cl: Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra) SG 323 (1995) 60HM: Blue-faced Booby (Sula dactylatra) SG 323 (1995) 60Cl: Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)(Repeat for this country)  SG 324 (1995) 100 Cl: Great Frigatebird (Fregata minor)(Repeat for this country)  SG 324 (1995) 100HM: Great Frigate Bird (Fregata minor)(Repeat for this country)  SG 324 (1995) 100Cl: White Tern (Gygis alba)(Repeat for this country)  SG 324 (1995) 100HM: White Tern (Gygis alba)(Repeat for this country)  SG 324 (1995) 100Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 373 (1999) Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 373 (1999) HM: Red-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 373 (1999) Cl: Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 374 (1999)  Cl: Masked Booby (Sula dactylatra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 374 (1999) HM: Blue-faced Booby (Sula dactylatra)(Repeat for this country)  SG 374 (1999) Cl: Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) SG 376 (1999)  Cl: Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) SG 376 (1999) HM: Lesser Frigate Bird (Fregata ariel) SG 376 (1999) Cl: White Tern (Gygis alba)(Repeat for this country)  SG 379 (1999)  Cl: White Tern (Gygis alba)(Repeat for this country)  SG 379 (1999) HM: White Tern (Gygis alba)(Repeat for this country)  SG 379 (1999) Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 380 (1999)  Cl: Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 380 (1999) HM: Red-tailed Tropic Bird (Phaethon rubricauda)(Repeat for this country)  SG 380 (1999) Cl: Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel)(Repeat for this country)  SG 380 (1999) HM: Lesser Frigate Bird (Fregata ariel)(Repeat for this country)  SG 380 (1999) Cl: Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra) SG 397 (2003)  Cl: Pacific Reef-Heron (Egretta sacra) SG 397 (2003) HM: Eastern Reef Heron (Egretta sacra) SG 397 (2003) Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 397 (2003) HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata)(Repeat for this country)  SG 397 (2003) Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) SG 398 (2003)  Cl: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) SG 398 (2003) HM: Sooty Tern (Sterna fuscata) SG 398 (2003) Cl: Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) SG 399 (2003)  Cl: Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) SG 399 (2003) HM: Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) SG 399 (2003) Cl: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) SG 400 (2003)  Cl: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) SG 400 (2003) HM: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) SG 400 (2003) Cl: Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) SG 434 (2008) 
[4/44] Cl: Chinese Pond-Heron (Ardeola bacchus) SG 434 (2008) 
[4/44]HM: Chinese Pond Heron (Ardeola bacchus) SG 434 (2008) 
[4/44]Cl: White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) SG 435 (2008) 
[4/44]Cl: White-headed Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) SG 435 (2008) 
[4/44]HM: Australian Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus) SG 435 (2008) 
[4/44]Cl: White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) SG 436 (2008) 
[4/44] Cl: White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) SG 436 (2008) 
[4/44]HM: White-breasted Water Hen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) SG 436 (2008) 
[4/44]Cl: Saunders' Tern (Sterna saundersi) SG 437 (2008) 
[4/44] Cl: Saunders' Tern (Sterna saundersi) SG 437 (2008) 
[4/44]HM: Black-shafted Tern (Sterna saundersii) SG 437 (2008) 
[4/44]Cl: Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) new (2015) 
[9/32] Cl: Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) new (2015) 
[9/32]HM: Little Curlew (Numenius minutus) new (2015) 
[9/32]Cl: Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) new (2015) 
[9/32] Cl: Oriental Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) new (2015) 
[9/32]HM: Large Indian Pratincole (Glareola maldivarum) new (2015) 
[9/32]Cl: Herald Petrel (Pterodroma heraldica) new (2015) 
[9/32] Cl: Herald Petrel (Pterodroma heraldica) new (2015) 
[9/32]HM: Trinidade Petrel (Pterodroma arminjoniana) new (2015) 
[9/32]Cl: Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos carteri) new (2015) 
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March 6, 2017 at 12:12 PM ×

The postage stamps of Cocos 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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