The Birds of CITES and How to Identify Them
by Johannes Erritzoe
Sponsored by Aage V Jensen Charity Foundation, Denmark
This book makes it possible to identify all the bird species which are listed by the Washington Convention. 77 colour and 10 black and white illustrations are painted by the author and Helga Boullet Erritzoe.
At the beginning of the 1970. the big conservation organisations at last decided to do something against the disastrous decline of many animals and plants. The result was the start of a world-wide organisation, whose purpose was to control and reduce the trade in rare wild animals and plants.
This new organisation, called THE CONVENTION ON THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES, (CITES), was founded on 3 March 1973 in Washington, and 21 states signed their membership. The rules of the new organisation came into force on 1 July 1975 and until now more than 120 states have accepted memberships.
CITES lists all endangered species and regulates the conditions under which they can be exported and imported. Needless to say, the success of the whole system depends on the willingness of the member states to enforce the CITES regulations and take severe action against poachers and illegal traders. Before that can happen, they must be able to recognise the species listed in the Convention. Besides, the book is also an important tool for all involved in the regulations of CITES: Animal dealers, aviculturists, taxidermists etc.
This book is planned so that even readers with little or no experience of the English language can use it, because all colours, the topography of a bird, the glossary of technical terms, which are kept to a minimum, and the dictionary of all other words used in the species text (approx. 700 words) can guide the reader through the text. In this way the book can be a great help for all who understand French, German or Spanish and want to learn to read English bird-books.
The quick guide to all 158 bird families gives even to the layman the possibility to check very fast whether one or more members of a certain family are listed and if so, where to find the plate and text.
The purpose of the book is to allow quick identification of the listed birds, both alive in captivity, dead or stuffed. On the other hand the book is not an idenfication guide to wild birds, for which reason and for space saving no information about behaviour, habitat, vocalization or food is given.
I am confident that the information in this book will provide invaluable help for the officials directly involved, and other conservation professionals, in the task of implementing and enforcing the protective legislation.
Beautifully illustrated. It will not only be invaluable to all those involved in combating the illegal trade in birds, but also to birdwatchers in general since it illustrated many of the world’s most beautiful birds
For anyone concerned with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), who has not got easy access to a comprehensive ornithological library, this will be an essential work of reference.
While CITES has published a black-and-white manual for animal identification purposes, fewer than half of the birds species have been illustrated. Now, thanks to this tour-de-force book this situation has been remedied. Most of the illustrations are truly fine. Great care has been taken to get the colours right. Clearly, this book will be a valuable tool for those involved in controlling international trade in birds at risk. But it will also appeal to readers who would like to see carefully detailed illustrations of some of the world’s most beatiful, rare, and endangered species.
The large format book is well laid out and features a very useful quick guide to bird families. The book is a very interesting read and should find wide acceptance among ornithologists and government and law enforcement agencies.
An essential tool for all those involved in controlling the trade in wild birds. The colour plates are attractive and of more then adequate standard and quality to enable ready identification by non-ornithologists, and the text for each species is rightly concise.
The overall quality of the illustrations is very good. Anyone interested in the conservation of the world’s endangered species will find this practical book of interest, and it should certainly be recommended for local and university libraries.
Specifications: 224 pp, 77 color- og 10 b/w illustrations. 297 x 210 mm
Publication: November 1993
ISBN Hardbacks 0 7188 2894 1
ISBN Ringbound 0 7188 2892 5
ISBN Leaderbound 0 7188 2895X NHBS Mail Bookstore, 2-3 Wills Road, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5XN, England
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