Bird Species and Families

This page offers articles that cover bird stamps specific to a species or family. The authors have focused on various aspects of the birds, such as folklore, habitat, conservation status.



Member Graham U’Ren provides a fascinating insight into how he has put together a selection of different items from his bird stamp collection to compile a feature on the Capercaillie. Read his report Focus on the Capercaillie.

The Andean Condor

Vultur gryphus occurs throughout the Andes, and is the national bird of Ecuador. Classified as Near Threatened due to a declining population owing to persecution by man. Read Carol Mitchell’s article on the Andean Condor here.

The Cracidae

Chachalacas, Guans and Curassows … strange names for strange birds, the Cracidae are of ancient origin and currently inhabiting South and Central America. The debate is still out on how many species the family comprise. Click here to read Tony Statham’s Cracidae feature.


Unique as a species, the Hoatzin of South America boasts a number of strange features which renders it rather special. This is an extraordinary looking bird! Continue reading the feature on the Hoatzin here.


A family of birds rarely occurring on stamps, and possibly a bird family that not many people have seen in the wild …. the Jacamar, classified between Trogons and Kingfishers.

Read our Chairman’s report on Jacamars on Stamps

Picarthates (Rock Fowls or Bald Crows)

There is a long running debate on the correct classification of these birds, once considered to be part of the Crow family, and occasionally thought to be related to babblers, flycatchers or starlings! To find out more about this family of birds, click here.


This article is one of a number of articles our Chairman Tony Statham has written on ‘Unusual Birds, Rarely Seen on Bird Stamps’. The Screamers are from South America and are considered to be a primitive form of the Anseriformes or Ducks, Geese and Swans. Click here to read his article.


There are surprisingly few stamps that depict the Woodhoopoes (Phoeniculidae), a sub-Saharan family of medium-sized arboreal birds with long, down-curved bills and generally dark and glossy plumage with long tails. Read our Chairman’s review of these unusual birds here

We also feature here a series of articles written by member Bruce Poulter on New World Warblers – consisting of well over 100 species and one of the most colourful, popular, conspicuous and enigmatic groups of birds to be found in North and Central America. A wonderful series – Click to view each part below: