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Nicolantonio Agostini
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Nicolantonio Agostini

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Received his M.Sc. in Natural Sciences at the University of Parma (Italy) with a graduation thesis in ethology concerning the predatory behavior of captive wild Buzzard and European Kestrel.
He is achieving his Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of Pavia (Italy) with a research on the migration strategies of raptors studied by direct visual observation. Author of about 80 ornithological publications.

Medraptors (Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network)
Via Carlo Alberto n°4  
Marina di Gioiosa Jonica,  Reggio Calabria  89046  Italy
Email: nicolantonioagostini@gmail.com


   Research Interests

Between 1986 and 1989 he was member of the Scientific Coordination of the Raptor Rescue Centre in Parma, managed by the Italian Society for the Protection of Birds. In this period he studied the predatory behavior of captive wild Buzzards (Buteo buteo) and European Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) and both social and predatory behavior of captive wild Barn Owls (Tyto alba) and Tawny Owls (Strix aluco).
Since 1989, in collaboration with many ornithologists, he has been studying the migration of raptors at several watchsites in Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Greece and Turkey. His interest is focused on the water-crossing behavior, orientation, navigation and information transmission. Some of these research works were the result of a collaborative effort based on simultaneous observations on different watchsites.
At the Avian Science and Conservation Centre of McGill University (Montreal, Canada) he conducted research on the social behavior of captive fledgling American Kestrels (Falco sparverius).
Since 2008 he has been investigating ecology and distribution of wintering raptors in Italy and Greece.
In 2004, with some colleagues, he founded MEDRAPTORS, an association that works to improve research and protection of migrating birds of prey through specific projects and observation camps (http://www.raptormigration.org/).

Species of Interest: 
  • Tyto alba
  • Strix aluco
  • Pernis apivorus
  • Milvus migrans
  • Milvus milvus
  • Circus aeruginosus
  • Circus pygargus
  • Circus macrourus
  • Circaetus gallicus
  • Neophron percnopterus
  • Buteo buteo
  • Hieraaetus pennatus
  • Aquila pomarina
  • Falco tinnunculus


   Publications

Panuccio, M., A. Duchi, G. Lucia and N. Agostini. 2017. Species-specific behaviour or raptors migrating across the Turkish Straits in relation to weather and geography. Ardeola 64(2):305-324.       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 through the central-eastern Mediterranean. Italian Journal of Zoology 79:280-286.       pdf

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 24:74-80.       pdf

Lucia G., N. Agostini, M. Panuccio, U. Mellone, G. Chiatante, and S. Todisco. 2011. Raptor migration at Antikythira, in southern Greece. British Birds 104:266-270.       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 Atti Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia XVI.       pdf

Panuccio M., N. Agostini, G. Lucia, U. Mellone, S. Wilson, J. Ashton-Booth, 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 49:651-656.       pdf

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

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

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

Agostini, N., and M. Panuccio. 2008. Are migration pathways of European Honey Buzzards Pernis apivorus passing over Cyprus age-related? Sandgrouse 30:97-99.       pdf

Agostini, N., and U. Mellone. 2008. Does migration flyway of Short-toed Snake-Eagles breeding in central Italy reflect the colonization history? Journal of Raptor Research 42:158-159.       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

Agostini, N., and U. Mellone. 2007. Migration strategies of Oriental Honey Buzzards (Pernis ptilorhyncus) breeding in Japan. Forktail 23:182-183.        pdf

Agostini, N., M. Gustin, and C. Cardelli. 2007. Factors shaping pathways of European Honey-buzzards (Pernis apivorus) during spring migration in the central Mediterranean basin. Journal of Raptor Research 41:57-61.       pdf

Mellone, U., N. Agostini, M. Panuccio, and M. Gustin. 2007. (Poster presentation) La migrazione primaverile dei rapaci Accipitriformi attraverso le isole Eolie: primi dati [Spring migration of accipitriform raptors through the Aeolian Islands: first data]. Atti Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia:67. (In Italian)       pdf

Panuccio, M., and N. Agostini. 2007. Observations on the spring migration of Ciconiiformes and Cranes, Grus grus, over the Tyrrhenian Sea. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 77:64-67.

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini, G. Lucia, U. Mellone, J. Ashton Booth, S. Wilson, G. Chiatante, and S. Todisco. 2007. (Poster presentation) Le Serre Catanzaresi: Important Bird Area (IBA) per la migrazione autunnale dei rapaci [The Serre Catanzaresi: Important Bird Area (IBA) for autumn migration of raptors]. Atti Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia:68. (In Italian)       pdf

Premuda, G., N. Agostini, L. Cocchi, and R. Molajoli. 2007. Primo campo di osservazione della migrazione primaverile dei rapaci in Sardegna [First field observations of the spring migration of raptors in Sardinia]. Aves Ichnusae 8:3-11. (In Italian)       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Premuda, L. Cocchi, R. Molajoli, C. Cardelli, M. Gustin, and L. Baghino. 2006. Spring migration of European Honey-buzzards (Pernis apivorus) along the Sardinia-Corsica corridor (central Mediterranean). Journal of Raptor Research 40:244-246.       pdf

Panuccio, M., and N. Agostini. 2006. Spring passage of second-calendar-year honey buzzards at the Strait of Messina. British Birds 99:95-96       pdf

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

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini, S. Wilson, G. Lucia, J. Ashton-Booth, G. Chiatante, U. Mellone, and S. Todisco. 2006. Does the Honey-buzzard feed during migration? British Birds 99:365-367.        pdf

Agostini N. 2005. Are earlier estimates of Accipitriformes crossing the Channel of Sicily (Central Mediterranean) during spring migration accurate? Journal of Raptor Research 39:184-186.       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? Atti XIII Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia. Avocetta (Supplement) 29:19.       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., M. Panuccio , and B. Massa. 2005. Flight behaviour of Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) during spring migration over the sea. Buteo 14:3-10.       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

Gustin, M., N. Agostini, C. Cardelli, and A. Corso. 2005. (Abstract) La migrazione del falco pecchiaiolo Pernis apivorus nel Mediterraneo centrale: primo anno di attività del progetto LIPU “rapaci migratori” {The migration of the European Honey Buzzard Pernis apivorus in the central Mediterranean: first year of activity of the LIPU "migratory raptors" project]. Atti XIII Convegno Italiano Ornitologia. Avocetta (Supplement) 29:26. (In Italian)       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

Agostini, N. 2004. Additional observations of age-dependent migration behaviour in Western Honey Buzzards Pernis apivorus. Journal of Avian Biology 35:469-470.        pdf

Agostini, N., L. Baghino, M. Panuccio, G. Premuda, and N. Provenza. 2004. The autumn migration strategies of juvenile and adult Short-toed Eagles (Circaetus gallicus) in the Central Mediterranean. Avocetta 28:37-40.       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., 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

Panuccio, M., N. Agostini, and B. Massa. 2004. Spring raptor migration over Ustica, southern Italy. British Birds 97:400-403       pdf

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

Agostini, N. 2003. La migrazione dei rapaci sul Mediterraneo centrale: stato attuale della ricerca e prospettive [Raptor migration above the central Mediterranean Sea: knowledge and new research]. Avocetta 27:48-51. (In Italian with English summary)

Agostini, N., C. Coleiro, and M. Panuccio. 2003. Autumn migration of Marsh Harriers across the central Mediterranean in 2002. Ring 25:47-52.       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., 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. 2002. La migrazione dei rapaci in Italia [The migration of raptors in Italy]. Pp. 157-182 in P. Brichetti and A. Gariboldi (eds.), Manuale di Ornitologia. Vol. 3. Edagricole-Il Sole 24 Ore, Bologna, Italy. (In Italian)

Agostini, N., L. Baghino, C. Coleiro, F. Corbi, and G. Premuda. 2002. Circuitous autumn migration in the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus). Journal of Raptor Research 36:111-114.       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

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

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. 2001. Spring migration in relation to sex and age of Marsh Harriers Circus aeruginosus in a central Mediterranean island. Ardeola 48:71-73.       pdf

Agostini, N. 2001. The island of Marettimo, a strategic point for surveying the migratory flow of Accipitriformes crossing the Channel of Sicily. Buteo 12:99-102.

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., and M. Panuccio. 2001. Note on the spring migration of bee-eaters (Merops apiaster) over the island of Ustica. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 71:199-201.

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 2000. Migration and wintering distribution of the Marsh Harrier (Circus aeruginosus) in southern Italy. Buteo 11:19-24.       pdf

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 2000. Il Gruccione, Merops apiaster, nidifica nella provincia di Reggio Calabria [The bee-eater, Merops apiaster, nesting in the province of Reggio Calabria]. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 70:159-160. (In Italian)

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

Agostini, N., D. Logozzo, and C. Coleiro. 1999. The orientation/navigation hypothesis: an indirect evidence in migrating Honey Buzzards. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 69:153-159.       pdf

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1998. Primi dati sulla migrazione primaverile dei rapaci Accipitriformi sull’isola di Marettimo (Egadi) [First data on spring migration of accipitriform raptors on the island of Marettimo (Egadi)]. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 68:153-157. (In Italian)

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1997. Autumn migration of Accipitriformes through Italy en route to Africa. Avocetta 21:174-179.       pdf

Agostini, N., and G. Malara. 1997. Entità delle popolazioni di alcune specie di rapaci Accipitriformi migranti, in primavera, sul Mediterraneo centrale [Extent of the population of some species of migrant accipitriform raptors in spring in the central Mediterranean]. Rivista italiana di Ornitologia 66: 174-176. (In Italian with English summary)

Agostini, N., D. Bird, and J.J. Negro. 1996. Social behavior of captive fledgling American Kestrels (Falco sperverius). Journal of Raptor Research 30:240-241.       pdf

Coleiro, C., P. Portelli, and N. Agostini. 1996. (Abstract) Autumn migration of marsh harriers over Malta. P. 125 in Program of the 2nd International Conference of the Raptor Research Foudnation, Urbino, Italy.

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1995. Autumn migration of honey buzzards in southern Italy. Journal of Raptor Research 29:275-277.       pdf

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1995. Osservazioni sulla migrazione autunnale dei rapaci sull’Appennino calabrese [Observations of the autumn migration of raptors in the Calabrian Appenines]. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 64:117-120. (In Italian with English summary)

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1995. (Abstract) La migrazione autunnale del Falco pecchiaiolo sull’Appennino calabrese [The autumn migration of the European Honey Buzzard in the Calabrian Appenines]. Supplemento alle Ricerche di Biologia della Selvaggina XXII:511-512. (In Italian)

Agostini, N., and D. Logozzo. 1995. (Abstract) Ulteriori osservazioni sulla migrazione autunnale del Falco pecchiaiolo sull’Appennino catanzarese [Further observations on the autumn migration of the European Honey Buzzard in the Catanese Appenines]. Atti VIII Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia. Avocetta 19:74. (In Italian)

Agostini, N.M., D. Logozzo, S. Davani, A. Morabito, D. Mollicone, and O. Pfister. 1995. (Abstract) La migrazione primaverile degli Accipitriformi sullo Stretto di Messina [The spring migration of some accipitriforms in the Strait of Messina]. Atti VIII Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia. Avocetta 19:73. (In Italian)

Agostini, N. 1994. A note on the predatory behaviour of rehabilitating wild Barn Owls (Tyto alba) and Tawny Owls (Strix aluco). Bird Behavior 10:41-44.

Agostini, N., and A. Duchi. 1994. Water–crossing behaviour of Black Kites (Milvus migrans) during migration. Bird Behavior 10:45-48.       pdf

Agostini, N., D. Logozzo, and S. Melotto. 1994. (Abstract) The flocking behaviour of migrating honey buzzards. Bollettino di Zoologia (Supplemento):63. (In Italian)       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Malara, F. Neri, and D. Mollicone. 1994. La migrazione Primaverile del Falco pecchiaiolo, Pernis apivorus, sullo Stretto di Messina: problemi di protezione [Spring migration of the honey buzzard, Pernis apivorus, in the Strait of Messina: problems of protection]. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia 63:187-192. (In Italian with English summary)

Agostini, N., G. Malara, F. Neri, and D. Mollicone. 1994. (Abstract) La migrazione primaverile del Falco pecchiaiolo (Pernis apivorus) a Cap Bon (Tunisia) e sullo Stretto di Messina [The spring migration of the European Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus) at Cap Bon (Tunisia) and in the Strait of Messina]. Atti Convegno Italiano di Ornitologia VI:451-452. (In Italian)

Agostini, N., G. Malara, F. Neri, D. Mollicone, and S. Melotto. 1994. Flight strategies of honey buzzards during spring migration across the central Mediterranean. Avocetta 18:73-76.       pdf

Agostini, N., G. Malara, D. Mollicone, F. Neri, N. Cavedòn, O. Rossi, and F. Sartore F. 1993. (Abstract) Migration of honey buzzards (Pernis apivorus) across the central Mediterranean: an ethological approach. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 5:379.

Csermely, D., and N. Agostini. 1993. A note on the social behaviour of rehabilitating wild Barn Owls (Tyto alba). Ornis Hungarica 3:13-22.       pdf

Agostini N. 1992. Spring migration of honey buzzards (Pernis apivorus) at the Straits of Messina in relation to atmospheric conditions. Journal of Raptor Research 26:93-96.       pdf

Csermely, D., D. Mainardi, and N. Agostini. 1991. Predatory behaviour in captive wild Buzzards (Buteo buteo). Birds of Prey Bulletin 4:133-142.

Csermely, D., D. Mainardi, and N. Agostini. 1989. The predatory behaviour of captive wild kestrel, Falco tinninculus L. Bollettino di Zoologia 56:317-320.



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