Overview

The inquisitive, endearing Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is a small parrot native to the drier regions of Australia. In the wild, budgerigars are green and yellow, with black markings on the nape, back and wings.

Budgies are also one of the world’s most popular pets and have been selectively bred in a range of colour combinations, including yellow, blue, violet, grey and white. Approximately two million Australians own a pet Budgerigar. Affectionate, clever and easy to tame, the Budgie can even be taught to mimic human speech.

Budgies are also widely exhibited by budgerigar fanciers in competitive shows. The Australian National Budgerigar Council (ANBC) was formed in 1982, and in 1991 a national exhibition standard was approved. The ANBC has around 2,000 members and its Annual Championship Show is hosted in turn by one of seven different zones throughout Australia.

The stamp photographs, by renowned bird portrait photographer Leila Jeffreys, are tributes to much-loved pet budgerigars, showing the wide colour variation achieved through selective breeding. The photographs are from Jeffrey’s exhibition High Society, which was shown at Sydney’s Olsen Gallery and Olsen Gruin in New York, USA, in 2019. This exhibition focused exclusively on the Budgerigar, and included a video work of a Budgerigar flock, entitled Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

Technical specifications

Issue date
11 July 2022
Issue withdrawal date
31 January 2023
Denomination
$1.10 x 3
Stamp photographs
Leila Jeffreys
Stamp & product design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell 104gsm Red Phos.
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost C Print
Printer
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size (mm)
26 x 37.5
Minisheet size (mm)
170 x 80
Perforations
14.6 x 13.86
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Birdwood SA 5234
FDI withdrawal date
8 August 2022

Stamps in this issue

$1.10 The Tweets

Leila Jeffrey’s photograph from the exhibition High Society shows three golden-face blues.

$1.10 Bluey and Liquorice

Also from the 2019 exhibition High Society, these birds, named Bluey and Licorice, are sky blues.

$1.10 Celery

This bird, Celery, is a single-factor golden-face Budgerigar, also in a photograph by Leila Jeffreys.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Budgerigars Gummed Stamps

This set of stamps contains all three stamps from the Budgerigars stamp issue.

Stamp pack:

Budgerigars Stamp Pack

The Budgerigars stamp pack contains all three stamps and minisheet from the stamp issue presented in a high-quality folder.

Minisheet:

Budgerigars Minisheet

The Budgerigars minisheet consists of the three stamps from the issue incorporated into a miniature stamp sheet.

Maxicard set:

Set of Budgerigars Maxicards

This maxicard set contains the three maxicards from the Budgerigars stamp issue. 

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