The migration of raptors at the Strait of Messina provides a unique opportunity to study the behavioural ecology of raptors and other birds. At first, the needs of the conservationists pushed ornithologists to collect data and thanks to the observations in this area, researchers made the first descriptions of the migratory flyways across the Central Mediterranean. Moreover, starting from the ’90s, ornithologists analyzed the effect of the weather on the migratory flow and on the flock size. Several students realized their graduation theses at the Strait of Messina. All these exciting activities should be improved, and it could be possible within the upcoming European-Palearctic Network of migratory raptors watch-sites and with the support of a ornithological station and of the new available technologies (such as radars).
Here below, a partial list of scientific publications reporting results of research conducted at the Strait of Messina. It is possible to download the pdf reprints of some papers by clicking on active links.
- Panuccio M., Stanzione V., Catoni C., Santini M. & Dell’Omo G. 2015. Radar tracking reveals influence of crosswinds and topography on migratory behavior of European honey buzzards. Journal of Ethology 34(1): 73-77.
• Becciu P., Catoni C., Panuccio M., Dell’Omo G. & Sapir N. 2015. Contrasting scale-dependent effects of tailwindassistance on soaring migrants in a migration bottle-neck. Conference of The Zoological Society of Israel, Mikhmoret, Israel.
• Agostini N., Scuderi A., Chiatante G., Bogliani G. & Panuccio M. 2015. Factors affecting the visible southbound migration of raptors approaching a water surface. Italian Journal of Zoology 82(2): 186-193.
• 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.
• Panuccio M. & Agostini N. 2006. Spring migration of Pallid (Circus macrourus) and Montagu’s Harriers (Circus pygargus) in relation to age and sex classes at two watchsites of the Central Mediterranean. Buteo 15: 3-10.
• Panuccio M., Agostini N. & Mellone U. 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.
• Agostini N. & Malara G. 1997. Entità delle popolazioni di alcune specie di rapaci Accipitriformi migranti, in primavera, sul Mediterraneo centrale. Rivista italiana di Ornitologia, 66:174-176.
• Agostini N., Logozzo D., Davani S., Morabito A., Mollicone D. & Pfister O. 1995. La migrazione primaverile degli Accipitriformi sullo Stretto di Messina. Avocetta, 19:73.
• Agostini N., Malara G., Neri F. & Mollicone D. 1994. La migrazione Primaverile del Falco pecchiaiolo, Pernis apivorus, sullo Stretto di Messina: problemi di protezione. Rivista italiana di Ornitologia, 63:187-192.
• Agostini N., Malara G., Neri F. Mollicone D. & Melotto S. 1994. Flight strategies of Honey Buzzards during spring migration across the central Mediterranean. Avocetta, 18:73-76.
• 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.