Bird stamps from Benin.

Benin officially the Republic of Benin, is a country in West Africa. 

It is bordered by Togo to the west, by Nigeria to the east and by Burkina Faso and Niger to the north. A majority of the population live on its small southern coastline on the Bight of Benin.

The capital of Benin is Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is in Cotonou, the country's largest city. Benin covers an area of approximately 110,000 square kilometers (42,000 sq mi), with a population of approximately 9.05 million. 

Benin is a tropical, sub-Saharan nation, highly dependent on agriculture, with substantial employment and income arising from subsistence farming.

The official language of Benin is French, however, indigenous languages such as Fon and Yoruba are commonly spoken. The largest religious group in Benin is Roman Catholicism, followed closely by Islam, Vodun and Protestantism. Benin is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, South Atlantic Peace and Cooperation Zone, La Francophonie, the Community of Sahel-Saharan States, the African Petroleum Producers Association and the Niger Basin Authority.

From the 17th to the 19th century, modern day Benin was ruled by the Kingdom of Dahomey. This region was referred to as the Slave Coast from as early as the 17th century due to the large number of slaves shipped to the New World during the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. After slavery was abolished, France took over the country and renamed it French Dahomey. In 1960, Dahomey gained full independence from France, bringing in a democratic government for the next 12 years.

A Marxist-Leninist dictatorship called the People's Republic of Benin existed between 1972 and 1990. This regime led to repression and the collapse of the economy. The Republic of Benin was formed in 1991 which brought in multiparty elections.

 Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name

1978.01   05.10.1978   Domestic poultry   4v set   
Helmeted Guineafowl Numida meleagris
60f     9     Helmeted Guineafowl    Numida meleagris     
1978.02   01.11.1978   Philexafrique      
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator African Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritus
100f     14     Red-breasted Merganser    Mergus serrator     
100f     14     African Pygmy Goose    Nettapus auritus     Dahomey 1966.01
1979.01   08.06.1979   Philexafrique      
15f     145     Fiery-breasted Bushshrike    Malaconotus cruentus     
1982.01   01.09.1982   Birds      
Laughing Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae Bluethroat Luscinia svecica Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Woodland Kingfisher Halcyon senegalensis Eurasian Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus Not identified Not identified Spotted Eagle-Owl Bubo africanus Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Cacatua galerita
5f     92     Laughing Kookaburra    Dacelo novaeguineae     
10f     213     Bluethroat    Luscinia svecica     
15f     183     Barn Swallow    Hirundo rustica     
20f     92     Woodland Kingfisher    Halcyon senegalensis     
and     219     Village Weaver    Ploceus cucullatus     
30f     190     Eurasian Reed Warbler    Acrocephalus scirpaceus     
60f          Not identified    Not identified     
80f     78     Spotted Eagle-Owl    Bubo africanus     
100f     72     Sulphur-crested Cockatoo    Cacatua galerita     
1985.01   17.10.1985   Audubon      
Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus Eurasian Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus
150f     67     Parasitic Jaeger    Stercorarius parasiticus     
300f     54     Eurasian Oystercatcher    Haematopus ostralegus     
1986.01   Surcharge      
Fiery-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus cruentus Broad-billed Roller Eurystomus glaucurus African Emerald Cuckoo Chrysococcyx cupreus
75f     145     Fiery-breasted Bushshrike    Malaconotus cruentus     Dahomey 1966.01
75f     90     Broad-billed Roller    Eurystomus glaucurus     Dahomey 1967.01
90f     76     African Emerald Cuckoo    Chrysococcyx cupreus     Dahomey 1967.01
1986.02   Surcharge on Dahomey 1966.01      
Emerald Starling Lamprotornis iris
150f     210     Emerald Starling    Lamprotornis iris     
1987.01   28.04.1987   Surcharge on Dahomey 1966.01      
50f     210     Emerald Starling    Lamprotornis iris     
1989.01   30.01.1989   WWF      
Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii Roseate Tern Sterna dougallii
10f     66     Roseate Tern    Sterna dougallii     
15f     66     Roseate Tern    Sterna dougallii     
50f     66     Roseate Tern    Sterna dougallii     
125f     66     Roseate Tern    Sterna dougallii     
1993.01   24.05.1993   Possotome artesian well      
Blue-throated Roller Eurystomus gularis
125f     90     Blue-throated Roller    Eurystomus gularis     
1994.01   Surcharge on Dahomey 1966.01      
African Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritus
135f     14     African Pygmy Goose    Nettapus auritus     
1994.02   Surcharge on Dahomey 1966.01      
200f     145     Fiery-breasted Bushshrike    Malaconotus cruentus     
1995.01   Surcharge on Dahomey 1966.01      
200f     210     Emerald Starling    Lamprotornis iris     
1995.02   28.08.1995   Birds and their young      
Hawfinch Coccothraustes coccothraustes Spotted Dove Spilopelia chinensis Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Blackburnian Warbler Setophaga fusca Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus
40f     226     Hawfinch    Coccothraustes coccothraustes     
50f     70     Spotted Dove    Spilopelia chinensis     
75f     38     Peregrine Falcon    Falco peregrinus     
100f     227     Blackburnian Warbler    Setophaga fusca     
135f     66     Black-headed Gull    Chroicocephalus ridibundus     
200f     29     Great White Pelican    Pelecanus onocrotalus     
1996.01   10.09.1996   Birds      
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Campephilus principalis Grey-necked Rockfowl Picathartes oreas Kakapo Strigops habroptila Puerto Rican Amazon Amazona vittata Crested Ibis Nipponia nippon California Condor Gymnogyps californianus
40f     108     Ivory-billed Woodpecker    Campephilus principalis     
50f     167     Grey-necked Rockfowl    Picathartes oreas     
75f     71     Kakapo    Strigops habroptila     
100f     73     Puerto Rican Amazon    Amazona vittata     
135f     25     Crested Ibis    Nipponia nippon     
200f     34     California Condor    Gymnogyps californianus     
1996.02   10.09.1996   Birds      
Blue Bird-of-paradise Paradisaea rudolphi
1000f     165     Blue Bird-of-paradise    Paradisaea rudolphi     MS
1997.01   30.07.1997   Song birds      
Eurasian Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus European Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus Spotted Nutcracker Nucifraga caryocatactes Common Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
135f     226     Eurasian Bullfinch    Pyrrhula pyrrhula     
150f     226     Eurasian Siskin    Carduelis spinus     
200f     212     Ring Ouzel    Turdus torquatus     
270f     177     European Crested Tit    Lophophanes cristatus     
300f     162     Spotted Nutcracker    Nucifraga caryocatactes     
400f     213     Common Nightingale    Luscinia megarhynchos     
1997.02   30.07.1997   Song birds      
Western Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
1000f     224     Western Yellow Wagtail    Motacilla flava     MS
1997.03   Overprint Republique du Benin      
15f     145     Fiery-breasted Bushshrike    Malaconotus cruentus     1979.01
100f     14     Red-breasted Merganser    Mergus serrator     1978.02
100f     14     African Pygmy Goose    Nettapus auritus     1978.02
1999.01   30.01.1999   Birds      
Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae Saffron Finch Sicalis flaveola Red-billed Quelea Quelea quelea Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer Red-crested Cardinal Paroaria coronata Golden-breasted Bunting Emberiza flaviventris
135f     220     Gouldian Finch    Erythrura gouldiae     
150f     232     Saffron Finch    Sicalis flaveola     
200f     219     Red-billed Quelea    Quelea quelea     
270f     219     Yellow-crowned Bishop    Euplectes afer     
300f     231     Red-crested Cardinal    Paroaria coronata     
400f     231     Golden-breasted Bunting    Emberiza flaviventris     
1999.02   30.01.1999   Birds      
Green Twinspot Mandingoa nitidula
1000f     220     Green Twinspot    Mandingoa nitidula     MS
1999.03   07.12.1999   Birds      
Locust Finch Paludipasser locustella Swee Waxbill Coccopygia melanotis Green-winged Pytilia Pytilia melba Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu Uraeginthus bengalus Southern Red Bishop Euplectes orix Village Weaver Ploceus cucullatus
135f     220     Locust Finch    Paludipasser locustella     
150f     220     Swee Waxbill    Coccopygia melanotis     
200f     220     Green-winged Pytilia    Pytilia melba     
270f     220     Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu    Uraeginthus bengalus     
300f     219     Southern Red Bishop    Euplectes orix     
400f     219     Village Weaver    Ploceus cucullatus     
1999.04   07.12.1999   Birds      
Long-tailed Paradise Whydah Vidua paradisaea
1000f     221     Long-tailed Paradise Whydah    Vidua paradisaea     MS
2000.01   Surcharge      
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Kakapo Strigops habroptila European Crested Tit Lophophanes cristatus Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer
135f     226     Hawfinch    Coccothraustes coccothraustes     1995.02
150f     38     Peregrine Falcon    Falco peregrinus     1995.02
150f     71     Kakapo    Strigops habroptila     1996.01
150f     177     European Crested Tit    Lophophanes cristatus     1997.01
150f     219     Yellow-crowned Bishop    Euplectes afer     1999.01
2005.01   Surcharge      
Yellow-crowned Bishop Euplectes afer
175f     177     European Crested Tit    Lophophanes cristatus     1997.01
175f     219     Yellow-crowned Bishop    Euplectes afer     1999.01
2007.01   Surcharge      
250f     76     African Emerald Cuckoo    Chrysococcyx cupreus     Dahomey 1967.01
500f     90     Broad-billed Roller    Eurystomus glaucurus     Dahomey 1967.01
2008.01   Surcharge      
Fiery-breasted Bushshrike Malaconotus cruentus
200f     145     Fiery-breasted Bushshrike    Malaconotus cruentus     Dahomey 1966.01

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