Very few Australian bird species are truly flightless. The Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor) is the smallest of all penguin species and the only penguin to breed in mainland Australia and Tasmania. The Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) are the country’s largest birds.

Technical specifications

Issue date
Issue withdrawal date
2 x $1, 1 x $2.30 (international)
Stamp design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Product design
Sharon Rodziewicz, Australia Post Design Studio
Paper: gummed
Tullis Russell
Paper: self-adhesive
Securepost MC90
RA Printing
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size $1 (mm)
30 x 50
Stamp size $2.30 (mm)
37.5 x 26
Perforations ($1)
14.4 x 14
Perforations ($2.30)
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout ($1)
Module of 25
Sheet layout ($2.30)
Module of 50
FDI Postmark
Birdwood, QLD 5234
FDI withdrawal date

Stamps in this issue

$1 - Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

The Emu, which is common throughout much of inland Australia, can reach up to two metres in height and is the second tallest bird in the world, after the Ostrich. The female Emu’s clutch of around eight to 10 dark-green eggs is incubated by the male, who doesn’t eat or drink for the eight weeks until they hatch. He also cares for and protects the striped grey and brown-black chicks for 18 months, until they can fend for themselves.

$1 - Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius)

The only cassowary species found in Australia is the Southern Cassowary, distinguished by its vivid blue face and neck, long drooping red wattles hanging from the throat, and tall horn-like brown helmet or casque. The Southern Cassowary is found in tropical far north Queensland and is slightly shorter than the Emu but heavier, with females weighing up to 76 kilograms. Like the Emu, the male incubates the blue-green eggs, which usually number three to five. The striped dark brown and white chicks are also cared for by the male.

$2.30 - Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)

The Little Penguin or Fairy Penguin, which reaches about 33 centimetres in height, is found around the coast of southern Australia. The Little Penguin spends most of its time foraging at sea, returning just after dusk to rocky burrows near the beach. The female lays two white eggs, incubated by both parents, who also rear the chicks together.

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Set of stamps:

Set of Flightless Birds stamps

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

Stamp pack:

Flightless Birds stamp pack

The Flightless Birds stamp pack contains all three stamps from the stamp issue presented in high quality folder. 

Sheetlet of 5:

Sheetlet of 5 x $2.30 Little Penguin international stamps

This sheetlet contains 5 x $2.30 Little Penguin self-adhesive international stamps from the Flightless Birds stamp issue.

Maxicard set:

Flightless Birds maxicard set

This maxicard set contains the three maxicards from the Flightless Birds stamp issue.

Additional products:

  • Pictorial envelope for the Flightless Birds stamp issue
  • First day Flightless Birds gummed stamps cover
  • Gutter strip 10 x $1 Emu stamps
  • Gutter strip 10 x $1 Southern Cassowary stamps
  • Gutter strip 10 x $2.30 Little Penguin international stamps
  • Chequebook of 20 x 5 x $2.30 Flightless Birds international stamps
  • Emu postcard
  • Southern Cassowary postcard
  • Little Penguin postcard

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