With a quarter of Niue made up of virgin rainforest, it is little surprise that there is an equally stunning array of exotic birdlife complementing this island paradise.
While many fascinating birds call Niue home, this bird-themed stamp issue features three of Niue's favourite species.
The individual stamps in this issue are as follows:
The miti (Aplonis tabuensis) is a sociable bird that moves about as part of a family group. Distinguishable by it's stubby bill and mainly brown feathering, the miti can often be heard whistling as it perches on branches above the rainforest canopy.
The heahea (Lalage maculosa) is an active and noisy bird that is also one of Niue's most approachable birds. With a variety of calls this fast flying black-and-white bird is also distinguishable by the its black eye-stripe and narrow white tail tip.
The kulukulu (Ptilinopus porphyraceus) is very distinctive and tropical in colouring, with a green and grey body with hints of bright yellow. What makes it really stand out though is its crimson crown. These doves tend to live in a pair or alone, and feed mainly on berries.
This vibrant collection also includes a shaped miniature sheet produced in the shape of two hega (Vini australis). Bright green in colour, these parrots are adorned with a blue/purple crown and a red chin, throat, cheeks and upper belly. Similar miniature sheets sold out quickly last year, so be sure you don't miss out on your own brightly coloured parrots!
|Date of issue:||6 July 2011|
|Number of stamps:||Set of three gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.70, $2.00, $2.40|
|Illustration by:||Michael Payne, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Stamps and first day covers designed by:||Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Printer and process:||Southern Colour Print Ltd by offset lithography|
|Number of colours:||Four process colours|
|Stamp size and format:||35.7mm x 30mm (horizontal), 25.7mm x 30mm (vertical)|
|Paper type:||Tullis Russell 104gsm red phosphor gummed stamp paper|
|Number of stamps per sheet:||25 stamps|
|Special blocks:||Plate and value blocks are available on request|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until close of business 5 July 2012|