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Michele Panuccio
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Michele Panuccio

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Received his M.Sc. in Natural Sciences at the University of Camerino (Italy) with a graduation thesis in etology: “To cross the sea or to follow the peninsula? Strategies of migrating hawks through the Central Mediterranean”.
He received his Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Pavia (Italy) with a thesis titled: "Across and around a barrier: migration ecology of raptors in the Mediterranean basin". Authors of about 70 ornithological publications.

MEDRAPTORS (Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network)
Via Mario Fioretti 18  
Rome,    00152  Italy
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Email: panucciomichele@gmail.com


   Research Interests

In this period (2014-2015) I'm involved in radar monitoring of raptor migration in southern continental Italy together with the University of Pavia and the Ornis Italica association. Involved in ornithological studies since 1997, in collaboration with many ornithologists (see publications’ list). Fieldwork sites: the Straits of Dardanelles and Bosphorus (Turkey), the Strait of Gibraltar (Spain), the Strait of Messina (southern Italy), Calabrian Apennines (southern continental Italy), Circeo promontory (central Italy), Apuane Alps (central Italy), Mount Capodarco (central Italy), island of Antikythira and Mount Olympus (Greece), islands of Marettimo, Ustica, Panarea and Pantelleria (Sicily), Batumi (Georgia). Studies were focused on the water-crossing behaviour, orientation, navigation and information transmission, influence of weather conditions on migration. More recently he started investigating ecology and distribution of wintering raptors in Italy, Greece, Armenia and also the breeding ecology of European Kestrels in Central Italy. In 2004 with some collegues he founded MEDRAPTORS, an association that works to improve research and protection of migrating birds of prey through specific projects and observation camps. Visit the website: http://www.raptormigration.org/

Species of Interest: 
  • Neophron percnopterus
  • Milvus milvus
  • Falco tinnunculus
  • Circaetus gallicus
  • Buteo buteo
  • Pernis apivorus
  • Milvus migrans
  • Circus aeruginosus
  • Circus macrourus
  • Circus pygargus


   Publications

Panuccio, M., A. Duchi, G. Lucia and N. Agostini. 2017. Species-specific behaviour of raptors migrating across the Turkish Straits in relation to weather and geography. Ardeola 64(2):305-324.       pdf

Panuccio M., Lucia G., Agostini N., Ottonello D. & Bogliani G. 2015. Motion capacity, geography and ecological features explain the present distribution of a migratory top predator. Ecological Research, doi 10.1007/s11284-014-1226-2.

Agostini N., Panuccio M. & Pasquaretta C. 2015. Morphology, flight performance, and water crossing tendencies of Afro-Palaearctic raptors during migration. Current Zoology, in press.

Panuccio M., Stanzione V., Catoni C., Biasi G., Santini M., Bogliani G. & Dell'Omo G. 2014. Ground-speed of migrating raptors as revealed by a surveillance radar. Proceedings of the XXII Congreso Español de Ornitología: 137, Madrid, December 2014.

Dell'Omo G., Santini M., Catoni C., Panuccio M. & Massa B. 2014. The use of radar for “observing” bird behavior. Proceedings of the XXVI International Ornithological Congress: p08-009 (SA08 Migration & Orientation), August 2014, Tokyo. Ornithological Science 13: 305.

Panuccio M., Agostini N., Mellone U. & Bogliani G. 2014. Circannual variation in movement patterns of the Black Kite (Milvus migrans migrans): a review. Ethology, Ecology & Evolution dx.doi.org/10.1080/03949370.2013.812147.

Panuccio M., Agostini N. & Barboutis C. 2013. Raptor migration in Greece: a review. Avocetta 37(1):1-7.

Panuccio M., Agostini N., Baghino L. & Bogliani G. 2013.Visible Migration of Short-Toed Snake-Eagles: Interplay of Weather and Topographical Features. Journal of Raptor Research 47(1): 60-68.

Panuccio M., Mellone U. & Muner L. 2013. Differential wintering area selection in Eurasian Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus): a ringing recoveries analysis. Bird Study 60: 52-59.

Panuccio M., Chiatante G. & Tarini D. 2013. Two different migration strategies in response to an ecological barrier: Western Marsh Harriers and juvenile European Honey Buzzards crossing the central-eastern Mediterranean in autumn. Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki 19: 10-18.

Panuccio, M. 2012. Across and around a barrier: migration ecology of raptors in the Mediterranean Basin. Ph.D. dissertation, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy.

Panuccio M., N. Agostini, and G. Premuda. 2012. Ecological barriers promote risk minimisation and social learning in migrating Short-toed Snake Eagles. Ethology Ecology & Evolution 24(1):74-80.       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Lucia, U. Mellone, M. Panuccio, J. Von Hardenberg, A. Evangelidis, and T. Kominos. 2012. Loop migration of adult European Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus Linnaeus, 1758) through the central-eastern Mediterranean. Italian Journal of Zoology.       pdf

Panuccio M. 2011. Wind effects on visible raptor migration in Spring at the Strait of Messina, southern Italy. Journal of Raptor Research 45(1):88-92.       pdf

Panuccio, M. 2011. Across and around a barrier: migration ecology of raptors in the Mediterranean basin. Scientifica Acta 1:EEG 27-36.       pdf

Lucia, G., N. Agostini, M. Panuccio, U. Mellone, G. Chiatante, D. Tarini, and A. Evangelidis. 2011. Raptor migration at Antikythira, in southern Greece. British Birds 104:266-270.       pdf

Panuccio M., M. Gustin, and G. Bogliani. 2011. A comparison of two methods for monitoring migrating broad-winged raptors approaching a long water crossing. Avocetta 35:13-17.       pdf

Lucia, G., M. Panuccio, N. Agostini, and G. Bogliani. 2011. (Abstract) A two-year study of wintering raptors in Basilicata (southern Italy). Pp. 123-124 in Atti Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia XVI.       pdf

Panuccio M., N. Agostini, and G. Bogliani. 2011. (Abstract) Mount Olympus: a new raptor migration bottle-neck in northern Greece. P. 31 in Proceedings of the XVI Italian Ornithological Congress, Cervia, Italy.       pdf

Panuccio M., and N. Agostini. 2010. Comparison of the water-crossing behavior of Western Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) and European Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) during autumn migration. Chinese Birds 1(1): 30-35.       pdf

Agostini N., and M. Panuccio 2010. Western Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) migration through the Mediterranean sea: a review. Journal of Raptor Research 44(2): 136-142.       pdf

Panuccio M., N. Agostini, G. Lucia, U. Mellone, J. Ashton-Boot, S. Wilson, G. Chiatante, and S. Todisco. 2010. Local weather conditions affect migration strategies of adult Western Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) through an isthmus area. Zoological Studies 49(5): 651-656.       pdf

Panuccio M., and N. Agostini. 2010. Timing, age classes and water crossing behaviour of Black Kites (Milvus migrans) during spring migration across the Central Mediterranean. Ring 32(1-2): 55-61.

Agostini N., M. Panuccio, G. Lucia, C. Liuzzi, P. Amato, A. Provenza, M. Gustin,, and U. Mellone. 2009. Evidence for age-dependent migration strategies in the Short-toed Eagle. British Birds 102: 506-508.       pdf

Panuccio, M. 2009. Lo sverenamento degli rapaci nella RNR di Decima Malafede (Lazio) [Waterfowl and raptors wintering in the Natural Reserve of Decima Malafede (central Italy)]. Alula 16(1-2):112-114. (In Italian with English summary)       pdf

Agostini, N. A., and M. Panuccio. 2008. Are migration pathways of European Honey Buzzards Pernis apivorus passing over Cyprus age-related? Sandgrouse 30:97-102.       pdf

Agostini, N., M. Panuccio, U. Mellone, G. Lucia, S. Wilson, and J. Ashton-Booth. 2007. Do migration counts reflect population trends? A case study of the honey buzzard Pernis apivorus. Ardeola 54:339-344.       pdf

Mellone U., Agostini N., Panuccio M. & Gustin M. 2007. (Poster presentation) La migrazione primaverile dei rapaci Accipitriformi attraverso le isole Eolie: primi dati. [Spring raptor migration over the Eolian archipelago]. Proceedings XIV Italian Ornithological Congress: 67.       pdf

Panuccio M., Agostini N., Lucia G., Mellone U., Ashton Booth J., Wilson S., Chiatante G. & Todisco S. 2007. (Poster presentation) Le Serre Catanzaresi: Important Bird Area (IBA) per la migrazione autunnale dei rapaci. [The Serre Catanzaresi: Important Bird Area for the autumn migration of raptors]. Proceedings of the XIV Italian Ornithological Congress: 68.       pdf

Panuccio, M., and N. Agostini. 2006. Comments on the roosting behaviour of Marsh Harriers during migration. British Birds 99:367-368.       pdf

Panuccio, M., and A. Agostini. 2006. Spring migration of Pallid (Circus macrourus) and Montagu's Harriers (Circus pygargus) in relation to sex and age classes at two watchsites of the central Mediterranean. Buteo 15:3-10.       pdf

Panuccio, M., S. Wilson, G. Chiatante, U. Mellone, and S. Todisco. 2006. Does the Honey-buzzard feed during migration? British Birds 99:365-371.       pdf

Panuccio, M., and N. Agostini. 2006. Spring passage of second-calendar-year honey-buzzards at the Strait of Messina. British Birds 99:95-97.       pdf

Agostini, N., P. Amato, A. Provenza, and M. Panuccio. 2005. (Abstract) Do Common Buzzards Buteo buteo migrate across the Channel of Sicily during autumn? Avocetta 29:19.       pdf

Agostini, N., M. Panuccio, and B. Massa. 2005. Flight behaviour of Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) during spring migration over the sea. Buteo 14:3-9.       pdf

Agostini, N., and M. Panuccio. 2005. Analysis of the spatial migration patterns of adult Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) during spring and autumn in the Central Mediterranean. Ring 27:215-220.       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Premuda, U. Mellone, M. Panuccio, D. Logozzo, E. Bassi, and L. Cocchi. 2005. Influence of wind and geography on orientation behavior of adult honey buzzards Pernis apivorus during migration over water. Acta Ornithologica 40:71-74.       pdf

Panuccio, M. 2005. Dati sulla presenza del Nibbio Bruno Milvus migrans in due discariche di rifiuti urbani [Comments on the Black Kite Milvus migrans at two dumps in central Italy]. Alula 12:189-192. (In Italian with English summary)       pdf

Panuccio, M. 2005. Protection of migratory raptors in the Mediterranean. Sustainable Mediterranean 35:13-14.       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Premuda, U. Mellone, M. Panuccio, D. Logozzo, E. Bassi, and L. Cocchi. 2005. Influence of wind and geography on orientation behavior of adult honey buzzards Pernis apivorus during migration over water. Acta Ornithologica 40:71-74.        pdf

Panuccio, M., B. D'Amicis, E. Canale, and A. Roccella. 2005. Sex and age ratios of Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus wintering in central-southern Italy. Avocetta 29:13-17.       pdf

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini, and U. Mellone. 2005. Autumn migration strategies of honey buzzards, Black Kites, Marsh and Montagu's Harriers over land and over water in the central Mediterranean. Avocetta 29:27-32.       pdf

Panuccio, M. 2005. (Abstract) [La migrazione dei rapaci attraverso il mare: metodi di studio usati nel Mediterraneo centrale]. Avocetta 29 (volume speciale Atti XIII C.I.O.):28.       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Premuda, U. Mellone, M. Panuccio, D. Logozzo, E. Bassi, and L. Cocchi. 2004. Crossing the sea en route to Africa: autumn migration of some Accipitriformes over two central Mediterranean Islands. Ring 26:71-78.       pdf

Agostini, N., C. Coleiro, and M. Panuccio. 2004. Analysis of the autumn migration of juvenile Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) across the central Mediterranean. Journal of Raptor Research 38:283-286.       pdf

Agostini, N., L. Baghino, M. Panuccio, G. Premuda, and A. Provenza. 2004. Autumn migration strategies of adult and juvenile Short-toed Eagles Circaetus gallicus in the central Mediterranean. Avocetta 28:37-40.       pdf

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini. and B. Massa 2004. Spring raptor migration at Ustica, southern Italy. British Birds 97:400-414.       pdf

Panuccio, M., N. Polini, P. Forconi, M. Fusari, G. Giorgetti, G. Marini, and N. Agostini. 2004. Mount Capodarco: a survey of the migratory behaviour of Accipitriformes along the Adriatic coast of Central Italy. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 74:160-163.       pdf

Agostini, N., and M. Panuccio. 2003. Analysis of the spring migration of Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) and Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) at two sites of central Italy. Avocetta 27:203-205.       pdf

Agostini, N., D. Logozzo, M. Panuccio, and G. Premuda. 2003. Circular migration of Honey Buzzards crossing the central Mediterranean. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 73:79-81.       pdf

Agostini, N., and M. Panuccio. 2003. How do Accipitriformes behave during autumn migration at the Circeo promontory? Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 73:165-167.       pdf

Agostini, N., C. Coleiro, and M. Panuccio. 2003. Autumn migration of Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) across the central Mediterranean in 2002. Ring 25:47-52.       pdf

Panuccio, M., and E. Canale. 2003. Osservazioni sui movimenti post-riproduttivi del Nibbio bruno, Milvus migrans, nel Lazio (central Italy) [Observation son the post-breeding movements of the Black Kite, Milvus migrans, in Lazio (central Italy)]. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 73:180-182. (In Ialian with English summary)        pdf

Agostini, N., C. Coleiro, F. Corbi, G. Di Lieto, F. Pinos, and M. Panuccio. 2002. Water-crossing tendency of juvenile Honey Buzzards during migration. Avocetta 26:41-43.       pdf

Agostini, N., L. Baghino, M. Panuccio, and G. Premuda. 2002. A conservative strategy in migrating Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus). Ardeola 49:287-291.        pdf

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini, and B. Massa. 2002. Crossing the Tyrrhenian Sea: spring migration of Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus), sex classes and relation to wind conditions. Vogelwarte 41:271-275.       pdf

Agostini, N., C. Coleiro, F. Corbi, G. Di Lieto, F. Pinos, and M. Panuccio. 2001. Comparative study of the autumn migration of Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) at three sites of the central Mediterranean. Vogelwarte 41:154-158.       pdf

Agostini, N., Logozzo D. and M. Panuccio. 2000. The island of Marettimo, important bird area for the autumn migration of raptors. Avocetta 24:95-99.       pdf



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