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The lineage of Short-toed Eagles from Southern Italy

May 31, 2020 / Comment

A picture of Michele taken by Victor MuñozEgidio 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:

• S. TONKIN, 2020 – A tale of two Eagles // (En).

Also, Ugo Mellone tells about the tagged Short-toed Eagles in the interview which is available on the Medraptors Facebook page.


Papers on ST Eagles available on ResearchGate

Nov 27, 2019 / Comment

The following papers about Short-toed Eagle mentioned on HoverOverUs before have recently appeared on ResearchGate portal in free access:

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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (En).


Distribution of breeding pairs in Central and NE Italy

Jan 30, 2018 / Comment

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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (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. – Short-toed Eagle. file; the related Conference paper – Short-toed Eagle. file (It) /map/.


ST Eagle nesting in central southern Switzerland

Dec 17, 2017 / Comment

The next recently published article is dedicated to tracking a breeding attempt of Short-toed Eagles in the Canton of Ticino /map/:

• Filippo RAMPAZZI, Luca PAGANO, 2017 – La nidificazione del biancone Circaetus gallicus nel Cantone Ticino (Svizzera) [Nesting of Short-toed Eagle in the Canton of Ticino (Switzerland)] // Bollettino della Società ticinese di scienze naturali, 105: 77-85. – Short-toed Eagle. file (It) {rough translation}.

The record of successful breeding after the long absence of such data for central southern Switzerland can be considered as an evidence of Short-toed Eagle spread in Switzerland and northern Italy in recent years.

Our sincere thanks to Luca Pagano for kind sharing the paper!


Short faunistic notes: CE Belgium and NE Italy

Sep 30, 2017 / Comment

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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (Fr) /map/.


Short-toed Eagle diet in NW Italy within 1990-1996

Aug 31, 2017 / Comment

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. – Short-toed Eagle. file (It).


Fresh papers on ST Eagles by Guido Premuda

Aug 24, 2015 / Comment

Adult male Short-toed Eagle in flight. Photo by Guido PremudaSeveral new works on Short-toed Eagle have been published and included in Guido Premuda‘s Bibliography ( this year:

• Premuda G., 2015 – La migrazione dei rapaci sulle Alpi Apuane: campo Biancone marzo 2015 [The migration of birds of prey in the Apuan Alps /map/: March Short-toed Eagle camp 2015]. Infomigrans 34-2015. – Short-toed Eagle. file (It).

• Premuda G. & Belosi A., 2015 – Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus population increase in Italy: hypothesis of root causes // Avocetta 39: 13-17. – Short-toed Eagle. file (En).

• Premuda G., Belosi A., Viviani F. & Franchini M., 2015 – Short-toed Eagle Circaetus gallicus population monitoring at the Apuane Alps migration watch-site (Tuscany) // Avocetta 39: 5-12. – Short-toed Eagle. file (En).