|The Cocos (Keeling) Islands comprise a group of 27 islands in two atolls.
North Keeling Island is a single-island atoll, 24 kilometres north of the main atoll. Declared the Pulu Keeling National Park in 1995, its remoteness makes it a safe environment for many resident-breeding, migratory and vagrant birds – infrequent, perhaps accidental, visitors. North Keeling is one of the few pristine islands in the vast Indian Ocean, and its wetland is an important habitat.
Of the approximately 60 bird species observed at Cocos (Keeling) Islands, 24 have been recorded on North Keeling over the last 30 years. This issue depicts two species of vagrant seabird, the Herald Petral and Indian Yellow-nosed Albatross, and two wader species, the Oriental Pratincole and Little Curlew.
This stamp issue is released as part of a worldwide collection of WWF stamp releases.