Notification to the Parties

No. 2000/030 Geneva, 31 May 2000


Illicit trade in Amazona guildingii

1. Amazona guildingii (St Vincent Parrot), CITES Appendix I, is endemic to St Vincent and the Grenadines, where it is the national bird. The total wild population is estimated to be approximately 500 birds.

2. Although a number of birds are known to have been smuggled out of the country in the past, current information suggests that eggs are being collected from nest trees during the breeding season (February - August) and then taken abroad for incubation.

3. The Management Authority of St Vincent and the Grenadines has reason to believe that illicit trade in such specimens is reaching serious proportions and one source of information suggests that there may be as many as 40 birds in one European country alone.

4. All Parties, especially those with an active exotic trade in pet birds, are asked to alert their enforcement authorities to this problem. Any information that may be of assistance in combating the trade should be passed to the Secretariat.