The Calabrian Apennines: Important Bird Area (IBA) for the Autumn migration of Raptors

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Michele Panuccio *
Nicolantonio Agostini
Ugo Mellone
Giuseppe Lucia
Jack-Ashton Booth
Steven Wilson
Gianpasquale Chiatante
Simone Todisco
(*) Corresponding Author:
Michele Panuccio | rio@sisn.pagepress.org

Abstract

Observations on the autumn migration of raptors were carried out on the Calabrian Appennines in the area where the Italian peninsula is only 30 km wide. We used three different watch points at the same time between 24 August and 12 September 2005 and 2006. We observed 4,842 raptors in 2005 and 5,324 in 2006; most of these were Honey Buzzards, Black Kites, Marsh Harriers and Montagu’s Harriers.

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