Bird stamps from Bophuthatswana.

Bophuthatswana (meaning gathering of the Tswana people), officially the Republic of Bophuthatswana was a Bantustan—an area set aside for members of a specific ethnicity–and nominal parliamentary democracy in the northwestern region of South Africa.

Mmabatho was its seat of government.

Historically, Bophuthatswana's significance is twofold: it was the first area to be declared an independent state whose territory constituted a scattered patchwork of individual enclaves, and during its last days of existence, events taking place within its borders led to the weakening and split of right-winged Afrikaner resistance towards democratizing South Africa.

In 1994, it was reintegrated into South Africa, and its territory was distributed among the new provinces of the Orange Free State (now Free State), Northern Cape, and North West Province.

  Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name 
1980.01   10.09.1980   Birds      
Southern Pied Babbler Turdoides bicolor Southern Carmine Bee-eater Merops nubicoides Shaft-tailed Whydah Vidua regia Meyer's Parrot Poicephalus meyeri
5c     196     Southern Pied Babbler    Turdoides bicolor     
10c     95     Southern Carmine Bee-eater    Merops nubicoides     
15c     220     Shaft-tailed Whydah    Vidua regia     
20c     73     Meyer's Parrot    Poicephalus meyeri     

1983.01   05.01.1983   Pilanesberg nature reserve   4v set   
Western Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
8c     26     Western Cattle Egret    Bubulcus ibis     

1983.02   14.09.1983   Birds of the veld      
Kori Bustard Ardeotis kori Northern Black Korhaan Afrotis afraoides Red-crested Korhaan Lophotis ruficrista Denham's Bustard Neotis denhami
10c     39     Kori Bustard    Ardeotis kori     
20c     39     Northern Black Korhaan    Afrotis afraoides     
25c     39     Red-crested Korhaan    Lophotis ruficrista     
40c     39     Denham's Bustard    Neotis denhami     

1985.01   04.07.1985   Tree conservation   4v set   
Marico Sunbird Cinnyris mariquensis
30c     216     Marico Sunbird    Cinnyris mariquensis     

1989.01   01.09.1989   Birds of prey      
Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Pale Chanting Goshawk Melierax canorus Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni Black-chested Snake Eagle Circaetus pectoralis
18c     37     Black-winged Kite    Elanus caeruleus     
30c     37     Pale Chanting Goshawk    Melierax canorus     
40c     38     Lesser Kestrel    Falco naumanni     
50c     37     Black-chested Snake Eagle    Circaetus pectoralis     

1989.02   01.09.1989   Birds of prey      1989.01
Black-chested Snake Eagle Circaetus pectoralis
50c     37     Black-chested Snake Eagle    Circaetus pectoralis     MS

1990.01   12.07.1990   Sandgrouse      
Burchell's Sandgrouse Pterocles burchelli Double-banded Sandgrouse Pterocles bicinctus Namaqua Sandgrouse Pterocles namaqua Yellow-throated Sandgrouse Pterocles gutturalis
21c     69     Burchell's Sandgrouse    Pterocles burchelli     
35c     69     Double-banded Sandgrouse    Pterocles bicinctus     
40c     69     Namaqua Sandgrouse    Pterocles namaqua     
50c     69     Yellow-throated Sandgrouse    Pterocles gutturalis     

1993.01   12.02.1993   Poultry   4v set   
Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
90c     11     Red Junglefowl    Gallus gallus     

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