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Over 30 bird species to be added to CITES Appendix III

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The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced that over 30 species of birds will be added to Appendix III. The species covered by CITES are listed in three different Appendices, according to the degree of protection they need. Appendix III is for the least imperiled species under CITES, and contains species that are protected in at least one country, which has asked other CITES Parties for assistance in controlling the trade. 

Ukraine has requested that the following bird species be added to Appendix III:

  • Alauda arvensis 
  • Galerida cristata
  • Lullula arborea 
  • Melanocorypha calandra 
  • Emberiza citrinella 
  • Emberiza hortulana 
  • Carduelis cannabina 
  • Carduelis carduelis 
  • Carduelis flammea 
  • Carduelis hornemanni 
  • Carduelis spinus 
  • Carpodacus erythrinus
  • Loxia curvirostra 
  • Pyrrhula pyrrhula 
  • Serinus serinus 
  • Erithacus rubecula 
  • Ficedula parva 
  • Hippolais icterina 
  • Luscinia svecica 
  • Luscinia luscinia 
  • Luscinia megarhynchos 
  • Monticola saxatilis 
  • Sylvia atricapilla 
  • Sylvia borin
  • Sylvia curruca 
  • Sylvia nisoria 
  • Turdus merula 
  • Turdus philomelos 
  • Oriolus oriolus
  • Parus ater
  • Troglodytes troglodytes 

These changes will go into effect on 22 June, 2021. 

The import of an Appendix III species directly from the listing country requires a CITES Appendix III export permit issued by that country. The import of an Appendix III species directly from a non-listing country requires a CITES Certificate of Origin issued by the country of export. Learn more about import permit requirements in the Ornithological Council’s Guide to the Processes and Procedures for Importing Bird Products into the United State for Scientific Research and Display.

Read the CITES Notification to the Parties here

Read USFWS’ guidance regarding permitting requirements for CITES Appendix III species here.

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