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Cuba recommends two species for CITES listing


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Cuba has requested the inclusion of the Cuban Grassquit (Tiaris canorus) and the Cuban bullfinch (Melopyrrha nigra) in Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 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. 

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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