Parakeets, now categorised as a protected bird. Photo by Richard Charan
Permit now required for parrots, caged birds
...animals which were previously listed in the Second Schedule of the Conservation of Wildlife Act are now categorised as protected animals.
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources disclosed today that as part of the amended law, people with pet parrots and caged birds will now be required to apply for a license to keep the animals, which are now regarded as protected according to law.
The following is the Ministry's full statement and list of animals -
The Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources wishes to advise the public that in accordance with the recent amendment to the Conservation of Wildlife Regulations, animals which were previously listed in the Second Schedule of the Conservation of Wildlife Act are now categorised as protected animals.
With the present implementation of a two-year moratorium on hunting, the MEWR reaffirms there is a strict ban on the hunting or capture of these protected animals. However, under regulations 9 and 10 of the Conservation of Wildlife Regulations, provision is made for the issuing of permits for the possession and sale of protected animals.
These permits to possess protected species can be obtained from all Conservancy offices of the Forestry Division. A list of these offices is attached.
The application of the permitting scheme to animals formerly listed in the Second Schedule in the Conservation of Wildlife Act will allow for the capture of data on the population of these species in captivity. This forms an integral element of the overall baseline survey to be conducted during the moratorium period and will inform strategic planning for the sustainable management of our biological resources.
The MEWR reiterates its commitment to taking all steps necessary for the protection of our nation’s wildlife for the benefit of present and future generations.
§ Animals that are now protected include:
Ø Alligator or Cayman
Ø Armadillo (Tattoo)
Ø Deer (in Trinidad only)
Ø Quenk (Peccary or Wild Hog)
Ø Amazona Amazonica Amazonica, Lim or Common Amazon
Ø Charadriidae—All birds belonging to the Family Charadriidae
Ø or Plovers (including Petit Collier, Gros Collier, Pluviers)
Ø Corbeau, Common Town (Coragyps)
Ø Cormorants (Phalacrocorax olivaceus olivaceus and Phalacrocoraxauritus)
Ø Cranes (Ardea heredias and Ardea cocoi)
Ø Ducks, Ouikiki (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Ø Ducks, Wild (except Bahama Pintails) (Poecilonetta bahamensis, Anas Bahamensis, Dafila acuta, Dafila bahamensis), Mus-covy (Cairina moschata)
Ø Heron, Blackcrowned Night or Crabier Batali (Nycticorax nycticorax)
Ø Heron, Boatbilled or Crabier Bec Plat (Cochlearius)
Ø Heron, Yellowcrowned Night or Crabier a Croissant (Nyctanassa violacea)
Ø Rallidae—All birds belonging to the Family Rallidae (Coots, Rails, Waterfowl and their allies)
Ø Ramier or pigeon (all kinds)
Ø Scolopacidae—All birds belonging to the Family Scolopacidae or Snipes and Sandpipers (Snipes, Curlews, Sandpipers,White-wings, Yellow-legs, Godwits, Sanderlings).
Cage birds which may be captured or kept captive by cage
Ø Chicki-Chong or Bullfinch (Oryzoborous angloensis)
Ø Cravat (Tanagra trinitatis)
Ø Finch, Yellow-bellied
Ø Parakeet (Ferpus passerinus)
Ø Picoplat (Spermophila intermedia)
Ø Semp (Tanagra violacea)
Ø Ring Neck
Ø Chat or Nun (Spermophila bouvronides)