2017 starts on a positive note for parrots as the transfer of Grey parrots to Appendix I of CITES comes into effect. This new listing, which was voted on by the international community in October last year, brings about an end to all international trade in wild-sourced Grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus and Psittacus timneh) for commercial purposes. This is an important step for the species‘ conservation, which has undergone massive collapses in parts of their range. The World Parrot Trust worked tirelessly to support the efforts of Grey parrot range States, including Gabon, Angola, Nigeria, Guinea and many others, which sought to give Grey parrots the maximum level of protection under CITES. (photo by Charles Bergman)
It is hoped that this new listing will represent a turning point in the fate of this iconic African species which was recently up-listed to Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (see previous post).