I do not usually take much interest in the annual omnibus of the numerous European territories released under the popular term Europa. Many of the issues are very dull though some of the Bridge-themed stamps issued this year have been vaguely interesting. However the theme for next year sounds very promising - 'National birds' - and collectors should end up with a large collection of interesting and attractive stamps depicting a popular theme.
So, I thought why not put together a Commonwealth 'National bird'-themed collection ahead of the European omnibus? Not all countries and territories have official national birds and that is why a number of Commonwealth countries do not appear on the list below. All countries apart, I think, from Kenya have depicted their national bird on at least one of their postage stamps.
Anguilla - Zenaida dove.
Antigua And Barbuda - Magnificent frigatebird.
Australia - Emu.
Bahamas - American flamingo.
Bangladesh - Oriental magpie robin.
Belize - Keel-billed toucan.
Bermuda - Bermuda petrel.
Botswana - Kori bustard.
British Virgin Islands - Mourning dove.
Cayman Islands - Grand Cayman parrot.
Dominica - Imperial amazon parrot.
Gibraltar - Barbary partridge.
Grenada - Grenada dove.
Guyana - Hoatzin.
India - Indian peacock.
Jamaica - Doctor bird
Kenya - Lilac breasted roller.
Malta - Blue rock thrush.
Montserrat - Montserrat oriole.
New Zealand - Kiwi
Nigeria - Black crowned crane.
Pakistan - Chukar partridge.
Papua New Guinea - Raggiana bird of paradise.
St Helena - St Helena plover.
St Kitts And Nevis - Brown pelican.
St Vincent And The Grenadines - St Vincent parrot.
Scotland - Golden eagle (unofficial).
Singapore - Crimson Sunbird
South Africa - Blue Crane.
Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Junglefowl.
Swaziland - Purple-crested turaco
Trinidad And Tobago - Scarlet Ibis and Cocrico
Uganda - East African Crowned Crane
United Kingdom - European Robin
Wales - Red kite (unofficial)