Egidio the adult male Short-toed Eagle has been mentioned on our site since 2013. His chick named Michele in memory of Michele Panuccio was tagged with a transmitter as well in 2019. The young eagle has returned to the region of birth exactly like his father did it in his second calendar year. You can read a story of them on the Inglorious Bustards site:
Three young Short-toed Eagles were tagged with transmitters when they were yet in the nests in Hungary, Montenegro and Italy in 2019. The eagles now are 2cy immature birds, still being tracked and their migration behaviour is of great interest.
- Bese from Duna-Ipoly National Park /map/: details and the tracking map (Hu)(En).
- Kaja from Skadar Lake surroundings /map/: details are available on the Center for Protection and Research of Birds (CZIP) site and their Facebook page (Cnr).
- Michele – chick of Egidio from Regional Park Gallipoli Cognato /map/: details and tracking maps; news on the Medraptors Facebook page and on HoverOverUs (En).
• Sameh DARAWSHI, Yossi LESHEM and Uzi MOTRO, 2017 – Aggregations and Dietary Changes of Short-toed Snake-Eagles: A New Phenomenon Associated with Modern Agriculture // Journal of Raptor Research, Vol. 51 (4): pp. 446-450. – (En).
• Luca BAGHINO, 2012 – Analisi dell’andamento delle popolazioni di biancone Circaetus gallicus e falco pecchiaiolo Pernis apivorus in migrazione nella ZPS “Beigua-Turchino” (GE) [Analysis of the evolution of the Short-toed Snake Eagle and Honey Buzzard populations in migration in the SPA “Beigua-Turchino”] // In Mezzavilla F., Scarton F., 2013. Conference: II Convegno Nazionale Rapaci Diurni e Notturni, At Treviso, Volume: Quaderni Faunistici – n. 3: pp. 133-138. – (En).
Egidio is an adult Short-toed Eagle male tagged with a satellite transmitter being a chick in the Regional Park Gallipoli Cognato /map/ in 2013. He successfully bred in 2019 and had his own fledgling. The juvenile Short-toed has been tagged with a transmitter as well and named Michele after late Michele Panuccio. The tracker was installed at the end of July by Michele’s friends, members of the Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network: Ugo Mellone, Nicolantonio Agostini, Giuseppe Lucia and Vicente Urios (MEDRAPTORS.org, MEDRAPTORS Facebook).
Current tracks of both the eagles are available on the project page.
Please read the obituary for Michele Panuccio:
• Nicolantonio AGOSTINI and Ugo MELLONE, 2019 – Obituary – Michele Panuccio, 1976-2019 // Avocetta, 43 (1): pp. 95-96. – (En).
The following papers are describing the distribution of Short-toed Eagle in central and north-eastern regions of Italy, and the related issues:
• Jacopo G. CECERE, Michele PANUCCIO, Andrea GHIURGHI, Ferdinando URBANO, Simona IMPERIO, Claudio CELADA, Pascual LÓPEZ-LÓPEZ, 2018 – Snake species richness predicts breeding distribution of Short-toed Snake Eagle in central Italy // Ethology Ecology & Evolution, 30 (2): 178-186. – (En) /map/.
• Roberto GUGLIELMI, Gerardo FRACASSO, Gianfranco MARTIGNAGO, Francesco MEZZAVILLA, Angelo NARDO, Miro TASSO, Danilo TROVATO, Antonio VALENTE, 2016 – Distribuzione del Biancone Circaetus gallicus nell’alto trevigiano: metodi di indagine e risultati preliminari [Short-toed Eagle distribution in the high trevigiano: survey methods and preliminary results] // Gli Uccelli d’Italia, 41: 76-84. – ; the related Conference paper – (It) /map/.
We are continuing to collect various texts about Short-toed Eagle records and observations in various regions. Along records in modern online databases, they give the fuller patern of the species distribution and its evolution within recent decades:
• Giacomo SGORLON, 2016 – Estivazione del Biancone Circaetus gallicus nella pianura Veneta Orientale [Summering of a Short-toed Eagle in the Eastern Veneto plain] // Uccelli d’Italia, 41: 150-152. – (It) /map/.
• Lurent-Henry GÉE, 1989 – Séjour d’un Circaëte Jean-le-Blanc (Circaetus gallicus) en Meuse hutoise en juillet-aout 1988 [Stay of a Short-toed Eagle near the Huy City and the River Meuse in July-August 1988] // Aves, 26/3-4: 205-206. – (Fr) /map/.
This old paper, dedicated to study of Short-toed Eagle diet in the Capanne di Marcarolo Natural Regional Park /map/ at the end of XX century, is available on the Carmagnola Natural History Museum site:
• Massimo CAMPORA, Silvia ALBERTI, 1997 – Osservazioni sulla dieta del biancone (Circaetus gallicus) in un’area dell’Appennino settentrionale [Observations on Short-toed Eagle diet in Northern Appennines (Italy, NW)] // Rivista Piemontese di Storia Naturale, 18: 233-239. – (It).