DizzyBlue has contacted Defra by phone this morning to try to clarify some details regarding the change in classification of African Grey Parrots to Appendix 1 of CITES - the following is provided to help you, and will be amended / updated as soon as any other information becomes available from Defra. Defra is the UK government department which is responsible for CITES licensing, overseas members will need to refer to the licensing body in their Country. The CITES classification will apply to: Psittacus Erithacus - Congo Grey Parrot Psittacus Timneh - Timneh Grey Parrot And any sub-species that may be defined. The new clasification will come into effect in 2017 - Defra will announce an applicable from date via their website, and we will publish that here once known. After that date no bird can be used commercially - e.g for photography, shows, display, etc; or sold without the Article 10 Certificate identifying that particular bird. Breeding birds : will require a Breeding Licence - cost £221 For each specific breeding pair - the first chick bred needs to be registered on an Article 10 certificate - cost £31.50, and subsequent chicks - cost £1.50 each If there is a second breeding in the year by the same pair then all those chicks - cost £1.50 each Companion birds: Do not necessarily need to be registered - but there are some points you may wish to consider. To register on an Article 10 Certificate - cost £31.50 you will need a separate Article 10 for each bird. If you have birds that are from the same parents and the birds hatched in the same breeding season - the first bird will be £31.50, subsequent birds at £1.50. Foster carers cannot register a bird under their care, they will have to refer to the owner, for the owner to do so - and owners need to check with their insurers. If you do not register, then gifting paperwork would be required to enable you to pass the bird to a new home, and no monies are allowed to be transacted as part of that Rehoming process. Insurance Companies may have a view on a bird's 'value' if it is not registered - this will become clearer in due course - and may be a consideration for you. The forum will provide support for members in getting the relevant forms and filling them out. As this isn't an immediate change, you have some time to think about how you want to proceed particularly in relation to companion birds.