Birds of CITES: And How to Identify Them

By Johannes Erritzoe

A compendium of birds under threat throughout the world, providing a beautifully illustrated reference guide to the threatened species listed by CITES.

ISBN: 9780718828912


This beautiful book describes and illustrates birds throughout the world which are threatened with depletion in numbers, or even with extinction. In doing so it not only provides the first comprehensive coloured guide to such species, as a reference for all those who are concerned about the diminishing variety of animals in the world, but it also acts as a handbook for officials who are charged with controlling the trade in such creatures under the aegis of CITES.

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, was founded in 1973 and signed by 21 states. There are now more than 120 member states. The Convention lists all threatened endangered species and regulates their import and export. The enforcement of the rules has been hampered by the lack of an accurate colour guide and this is the first book to provide a means to positively identify the species at risk.

It includes:

  • Beautiful and detailed watercolour illustrations
  • Concise descriptions of each species
  • 406 species described and illustrated in colour
  • Quick Guide to Bird Families of the World
  • Glossary of technical terms translated into French, German and Spanish
  • World Map with key to identify countries/regions of distribution
  • CITES appendices describing the protected status allocated to species
  • Index of Latin names

An indispensable reference for all controlling authorities, such as bird conservationists, customs officers, taxidermists, aviculturalists and scientific advisers. The life and artistry of the illustrations will bring pleasure to many bird lovers the world over, too. It is a book which will be treasured for years to come for its usefulness and for its beauty.

Includes a Foreword by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

This book was sponsored by AAGE V. JENSEN Charity Foundation, Denmark

Additional information

Dimensions 297 × 210 mm
Pages 224
Illustrations colour

Trade Information LGEN

About the Author

Johannes Erritzoe is a Danish scientific conservationist. At the age of 21 he started a shop for school materials, gradually concentrating on scientific work for museums all over the world. In the 1960s he made of scientific expeditions to Greece, Turkey and Africa. Since his earliest childhood, bird books have been his first love. His library, with the main emphasis on conservation, morphology and systematic studies, now occupies 60 metres of shelving. He has been working daily with birds – dead and living – for nearly 40 years, and is a member of many ornithological and conservation societies around the world. A prolific writer of articles on birds, his work has appeared in Danish, German and English journals

He is married to Helga Boullet, co-artist for this book. An artist of long standing, she has had exhibitions in the Denmark and the Netherlands. She is editor of the Scandinavian Cactus Journal.


Foreword by H.R.H. Prince Philip, President of the World Wide Fund for Nature
Quick Guide to all bird families
Colour Guide

The Birds of CITES

Index of Scientific Names

Endorsements and Reviews

It will become an essential implementation tool for all involved in the rules of this organisation, and we wholeheartedly recommend THE BIRDS OF CITES.
CITES Secretariat

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.
British Ornithologists’ Club

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 beautiful, rare, and endangered species.
Nature Canada

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.
Australian Aviculture

Originally intended as a handbook for those who need to enforce the convention it is also a guide to the world’s most vulnerable birds.
Forest and Birds

A collector’s item for all bird-lovers and ornithologists.
Acta Ornithologica

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.
Birding World

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.
South Dakota Bird Notes