CITES upgrades African Grey Parrots to Appendix I

African Grey Parrots’ status was upgraded to “Appendix I”.

African Grey Parrots FeedingIn a meeting held in Johannesburg in September 2016, the U.N.s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has banned the global trade in wild African Grey Parrots. The species is highly prized as pet for its ability to imitate human speech all over the worlds. The legal and illegal trade of African Grey Parrots has led to a decline of almost 90% in population over the last two decades. The decisions to place the species in “Appendix I” was taken on the first ever secret ballot of CITES members, during the two-week long convention. This decision is non-binding for the domestic markets of birds as CITES only regulates international trade in wild flora and fauna.

Inclusion in “Appendix I” is in the best interests of the conservation of the species as it faces both habitat loss and rampant illegal and unsustainable trade for the international pet trade, said vice president and head of the Wildlife Conservation Society delegation Susan Lieberman.

African Greys, usually bred in captivity and sold as pets were first listed on “Appendix II” in 1981, which includes species which trade must be limited.

Loss of habitat, poor regulation of trade and increased trafficking for the pet industry are the main reasons for the decline of these magnificent birds.

Breeding and trading of African Grey Parrots in captivity could continue under the guidelines of the convention, which regulates trade in more than 35,000 species of animals and plants.

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Volunteers build homes to save the Turquoise Parrot

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In England, we are very lucky to have so many of the Alexandrine parrots in the wild. We can admire and look after them. Many of us build nest boxes or grow fruit plants from which the parakeets can eat. However, we are not the only ones who can enjoy the presence of parrots in their gardens and park. There are many bird species native to Australia. There you can see endangered birds, but some are not just there to see those species there are people and organisations that are trying to prevent further decline in such species.

Turquoise Parrot

Turquoise Parrot

Turquoise parrot is an Australian bird that is well-known around the Sydney district. This is a very beautiful little bird with brightly coloured feathers. These parrots have a blue face, gold and yellow belly, and the male species have a red wing bar on the back.

This attractive parrot is not listed as endangered, but there are suspicious that this will eventually happen if no precautious take place soon.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has started projects which aim to prevent their extinction. The latest project GBCMA works on is called “Bed and Breakfast for Birds”. It includes providing the “beds” which are the nest boxes, and the “breakfast” which is the fruit plants.

There is a strong community engagement in the projects for protecting these little attractive birds. Farmers have been erecting nest boxes, which attracts birds and encourages their survival, says ABC.

Turquoise ParrotGraham Colson is one of those active farmers who have been building boxes and he shares that only on his farm he has around 50 boxes. He is also growing fruit plants especially for the Turquoise parrot.

The projects are very beneficial for breeding these parrots and increasing their number in the wild. For 2 years they have been using the nest boxes and laying eggs in them, says Mr Colson.

Janice Mentiplay-Smith from GBCMA said that there were workshops showing how to create a nest box for this type of birds. She also shares that over 90 people have joined the workshop. The positive results from the workshop is proved by the fact that there are birds using and nesting in these boxes.

Resources: ABC, BirdLife, IBC

Save The Hawaiian Bird Species

Oahu Elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis), an endangered bird type found only in Hawaii.

Oahu Elepaio81 Hawaiian bird species are already extinct, however environmentalists say 82nd may disappear too, if action for their protection are not taken.

Oahu Elepaio (Chasiempis ibidis) is a small bird weighting about 12 grams (1/2 oz). It has a dark brown crown and back, white breast with light brown streaks and usually holds its long, tipped tail at an angle.

Courthouse News Service states that the Oahu Elepaio population has been decimated by nonnative animal species, disease and loss of habitat. It occupies about 4 percent of its original range, with only about 1,200 birds in its 11,000 acres of remaining habitat in 2012, according to the Public Trust Conservancy.

The non-profit sued the Secretary of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under the Endangered Species Act on Tuesday, claiming they failed to update the bird’s scientific name after scientists community changed its classification.

Oahu Elepaio“In 2010, the American Ornithologists’ Union changed the taxonomy of the Oahu Elepaio to recognize it as a distinct species – ‘Chasiempis ibidis.’ (Prior to 2010, it was recognized only as a subspecies, ‘Chasiempis sandwichensis ibidis‘),” according to the 5-page federal complaint.

The Conservancy wants to court to order the Fish and Wildlife Service “to update its present listing of the Oahu Elepaio bird as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act to reflect the reclassification.”

Co-plaintiff Kathleen Watson, a founder of the Conservancy, said it is critical for Fish & Wildlife to list the Oahu Elepaio properly to preserve it.

“The extinction of the Oahu Elepaio will be the extinction of a distinct species found nowhere else on earth,” she says in the complaint. “When it is gone, a distinct species will be gone forever.”


According to American Bird Conservancy since humans arrived, 71 of 113 bird species found nowhere else have become extinct on Hawai’i. Thirty-three of Hawai’i’s remaining 42 endemic birds are listed under the Endangered Species Act; ten of those have not been seen for decades and are likely extinct.

Remaining birds such as the ‘Akikiki, ‘I’iwi, and Maui Parrotbill face multiple threats, ranging from loss of their feeding and nesting areas to direct predation by invasive species.

It is extremely difficult to bring any species back from extinction, birds particularly, as they tend to be reclusive and difficult to trace. One successful campaign managed to save the Puerto Rican parrot, the only parrot species native to the island.

The multi-pronged recovery effort included habitat protection, providing nests for the birds, but above all, public education. Schoolchildren were taught that the bird was Puerto’s only parrot, and they educated their parents. Public interest was spurred and the bird and the campaign to save it became a matter of public pride.

Credits: Courthouse News Service & American Bird Conservancy

Orange Bellied Parrot – Australian Endangered Species

orange bellied parrotThe Latin name for Orange Bellied Parrot is Neophema chrysogaster. Their main body is green and they have a distinctive orange belly. Their weight is approximately 45 grams (1.6 oz) and their size is slightly larger than Budgerigars.

The Orange Bellied Parrot is one the world’s most endangered species. These Australian parrots are one of the only three species that migrates during the summer and winter. They breed in Tasmania’s remote south-west wilderness. They make a long journey back to Victoria and South Australia to spend their winters.

Unfortunately, due to a fatal disease their species is threatened with global extinction.

MPNEWS says “The disease, called bird AIDS by some researchers, causes beaks and feathers to become malformed. Birds end up with shortened, stubby feathers so can’t fly, and malformed beaks so they can’t eat properly.”

orange bellied parrotMoonlit Sanctuary play vital role is pretesting the extinction of the Orange Bellied Parrot. According to the data there are less than 70 orange bellied parrots in the wild.
“With so few in the wild, we are lucky to have 10 in our breeding program and an additional seven on display in our public aviary,” Lisa Tuthill (senior keeper at the sanctuary) said.

As stated by Herald Sun, the extinction is caused by a disease as well as changes in the environment, which includes loss of habitat and wind farms interfering with their migratory paths.

“Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews said the captive breeding program at the sanctuary was critical to the survival of the species.”

The director of this sanctuary, Michael Johnson said that he wanted to improve the breeding program with government help. He also said that they hope to provide aviaries for up to 50 birds, from which some could be released yearly to breed in Tasmania.


Credits: MPNEWS , Moonlit Sanctuary & Herald Sun