Italy is generally avoided by foreign birders due to the continuing rumour that There is nothing to see in Italy except for House Sparrows which is - of course - completely wrong. Birding in Italy is not easy, that's true, but it can be very productive.
Connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean, Italy is a natural bridge both for trans-Saharan migrants and for endemic species, and its birding is more interesting than you might expect.
In comparison to two other classical European birding destinations; France and Spain, Italy is a more built-up country with not as many wilderness areas remaining. However, hunting pressure has decreased a lot and generally, in contrast with France, there is no longer any need to be worried about aggressive clashes between naturalists and hunters. Moreover, birding culture is growing up among young Italian people and a binocular-bearing tourist is no longer seen as a strange fellow or as a spy. Just watch out though, as a general warning, do not to leave your equipment in your unattended car. Last but not least, when birding is over, do not forget you are in a country with two thousand five hundred years of history and the chance to visit important archaeological sites (Greek, Etruscan, Roman, etc.) as well as world-class museums!
What to see in Italy
Foreign birders coming from the US or from Northern Europe, are generally interested in Mediterranean endemics. Thus, the best period to visit Italy is April-July when most of the trans-Saharan passerines are on their breeding grounds in Europe. Dartford Warbler Sylvia undata; Marmora's Warbler Sylvia sarda; Spectacled Warbler Sylvia conspicillata; Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala; Bonelli's Warbler Phyloscopus bonelli; Black headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala; are small song passerines typical of Southern Italy, and are not difficult to spot when they are singing. Lanner Falco biarmicus feldeggii; Rock Partridge A graeca; Rock Bunting Emberiza cia as well as Slender-billed Gull Larus genei and Audouin's Gull Larus audouinii; are all-year birds but also generally more easily to watch in the summer.
Migration Counts - Volunteers Needed
Since 1984 a survey for the study and the protection of migrating Raptors and other soaring birds has been organised at the Straits of Messina, Southern Italy. It is being organised again for this spring.
Nearly all the Western Palaearctic raptor species have been counted at the Straits of Messina and it is one of the best place to see all the Harriers, Red-footed Falcon, Lesser Kestrel, Eleonora's Falcon, European Lanner etc.; it is the only place where there is the possibility of seeing Amur Falcon. The site is also very good for all the typical Mediterranean birds and in total 313 species have been recorded so far.
The Tirrenium coast is a large area including Tuscany and Latium with many opportunities to go birding especially outside the hunting season. From North to South, there are several marsh areas surrounded by Mediterranean macchia which can be attractive for overseas birders. Lago di Massaciuccoli near Pisa is an important stopover place for migrants in spring (March-May) but hunting pressure in Autumn is too high for a very productive birding visit. Close to Migliarino-San Rossore reserve area, the river Serchio`s mouth is a hotspot for migrants (the first Booted Warbler for Italy was seen here in 1999) and for seabirds. Try to spot Yelkouan and Mediterranean Shearwaters from the coast.
Padule di Fucecchio is a natural reserve area between Pistoia and Lucca with an observation tower and is surely worth a visit. European Night-heron, Squacco and Purple Herons and Cattle Egret are breeding in a small heronry, as well as Moustached Warbler (A melanopogon); Savi`s and Cetti`s Warblers. The southern part of Tuscany is called Maremma, one of the few remaining wild areas in Italy, which is also known for the Etruscan necropolis. The area is also noteworthy for birding, with Short-toed Eagle, Lanner, European Roller and Great-spotted Cuckoo and a lot of songbirds. I recommend a visit to the Orbetello lagoon and Monti dell`Uccellina. During migration the Arcipelago toscano is a necessary stopover for several migrants. In April-May almost anything can pass here, especially through Capraia which is an important ringing station for birds from all over the Mediterranean. Other sites of interest in Central Italy : Monti dellaTolfa, PN del Circeo, PN Monti Sibillini, PN d`Abruzzo.
North East Italy
Don`t miss the coastal lagoon area between Venice and Trieste, especially the Riserva Naturale Isola della Cona e foce dell`Isonzo, which offers one of the most impressive birding facility in Italy. From its superb watch tower, you can spot more than 100 species in a day (294 is the whole reserve`s check list); including: Spoonbill, Cattle and Squacco Herons, Greylag Goose, Glossy Ibis, at least 20 species of Waders, and in Nov-Jan, thousands of curlew (and Whimbrel) and flocks of hundreds of over-wintering ducks. In the same area, Marano and Grado lagoons and Caorle lagoon (N Venice lagoon) are also nice spots. A particular mention should be made of the Parco naturale del delta del Po (Po Delta); which is the widest marsh delta area in Italy, and a suitable area for Gull-billed Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Pygmy Cormorant, Black and Whiskered Tern, Ferruginous Duck and of course for migrant ducks and waders. The most well-known areas for birding in the Po delta are Sacca degli Scardovari, Valle Bertuzzi Valle Mandriole, Punta Alberete and Valle Cavanata. Not far from the coast another interesting area is Valle del Mezzano (with a Red-footed Falcon colony) which can be visited along with Valli Santa e Campotto. If you want to visit here I would recommend an overnight stay in the ancient city of Ravenna.
The Alps are one of the remaining wildernesses left in the whole of Europe. If you are interested in alpine birds, the Italian side of the Alps can offer the following: Red-billed Chough, Alpine Chough, Rock Partridge, Alpine Accentor, Snow Finch, Treecreeper and of course, Golden Eagle and Lammergeiger. In the Alps it is difficult to recommend a single spot: but Parco nazionale del Gran Paradiso (NW Italy) hosts both Alpine and Red-billed Chough, Parco nazionale dello Stelvio (NE Italy) Lammergeiger as well as Hazel Grouse and Capercaille, and the Dolomites area in Trentino is very good for Black Woodpecker, Pygmy and Tengmalm`s Owls.
Sardinia is another recommended birding destination; it looks different from Sicily with much wider Mediterranean macchia and oak forests and more salty lagoons that are important sites for endangered species (Purple Swamphen, Greater Flamingo, & Slender-billed Gull). Close to Cagliari, Molentargius & stagni di Quartu are nice spots especially for breeding Greater Flamingos, Gull-billed Tern and Slender-billed Gull. Also the secretive Purple Swamphen is present. The place is difficult to explore, since a reed bed strip hampers the view of Molentargius lake, but Quartu ponds are easy to locate and in open view. San Pietro island hosts one of the best known Eleonora`s Falcon colony, and the island is also good for small passerines such as Marmora`s Warbler. On the W coast, the Stagni di Cabras & Santa Giusta are salt-water ponds and an important area for migrant waders and ducks: not far from here, a Griffon Vulture colony (Bosa) is of particular interest since some pairs regularly breed on the sea cliffs. For those interested in mountain areas, Gennargentu & Parco Nazionale Golfo Orosei are unbelievably wild and remote sites with plenty of inaccessible gorges where, formerly, Griffon and Lammergeiger as well as the Hooded Vulture were breeding. Finally, in the North West is the wonderful Asinara Island, which is now accessible for birding (Shag, Rock Sparrow, and much more - you have to book in advance).
Sicily is a wild, fascinating place, and, whilst birding is not easy, it can offer some incredible surprises! Sicily hosts the biggest Lanner population in Europe (100-120 pairs); 15-20 pairs of Bonelli`s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture (a few, and declining); the most important Collared Pratincole colony in Italy (Biviere di Gela); and is the most important raptor-migration hotspot in the Southern Mediterranean. The only records of Amur Falcon in the Western Palaearctic have been reported from the Stretto di Messina, along with 20-30.000 Honey Buzzards, some individual Long-legged and Steppe Buzzards, Pallid Harrier, Siberian Peregrine and the occasionally Barbary Falcon. If you need more information about the anti-poaching camp, please contact us. The Eastern Coast: (Foce del Simeto, Saline di Priolo, Saline di Siracusa, Vendicari, Longarini) is a poorly known area, but really is a vagrant trap for migrants crossing the Western Mediterranean towards the Balkans. Isabelline Wheatear, Isabelline Shrike, Sociable Plover, Caspian Gull, Great black-headed Gull can be seen here (but is, of course, ia matter of luck) in May-June, this part of Sicily is also very scenic! On the opposite side of Sicily, Riserva naturale dello Stagnone e saline di Trapani and near Palermo, the Riserva dello Zingaro are two beautiful areas well worth a visit.
Two destinations stand out above all others and are recommended. The first one is the Apulian Murgia, an open dry plateau with the largest colony of Lesser Kestrel in continental Italy, (also good for Black-eared Wheatear, Roller, Tawny Pipit, Calandra Lark, Nightjar and Barn Owl) and on the coast, the poorly known Daunia Risi & Saline di Mafredonia, famous due the over wintering presence of a few Slender-billed Curlews some year ago (- you have to book in advance -).
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 547
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ACENVA - Asociación para la Conservación y Estudio de la Naturaleza de Valladolid
Tu apoyo es muy importante, para poder llevar a cabo, cada vez más proyectos de conservación de la naturaleza en Valladolid…
CISO - Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici
The Centro Italiano Studi Ornitologici - CISO - is a cultural, non political, non profit association which aims at the promotion of ornithological activity and research in Italy, working in connection with University Institutes and Departments, Natural History and Science Museums, recognised ornithological association and non professional ornithologists…
GMSO - Gruppo Molisano Studi Ornitologici
Nata nel 1992 per volontà di un gruppo di giovani Naturalisti, con lo scopo di offrire, agli Enti , come alla collettività, una risposta integrata alla crescente domanda di strumenti per la conoscenza della natura che ci circonda, GMSO ha fatto della diffusione di informazioni naturalistiche la propria missione professionale…
Gruppo Piemontese Studi Ornitologici [GPSO]
Statuto: il GPSO ha iniziato le attività nel 1980 (fondazione). Nel 1998 il gruppo si è configurato come Associazione No Profit in base alla d.l.vo n. 460 del 4/12/1997 e ha registrato con atto notarile il proprio Statuto…
Istituto Nazionale per la Fauna Selvatica
L’INFS ha il compito di censire il patrimonio ambientale costituito dalla fauna selvatica, di studiarne lo stato, l’evoluzione ed i rapporti con le altre componenti ambientali, di elaborare progetti di intervento ricostituivo o migliorativo delle comunità animali e degli ambienti naturali con l’obiettivo di una riqualificazione faunistica del territorio nazionale, di effettuare e coordinare l’attività di inanellamento a scopo scientifico dell’avifauna sull’intero territorio italiano, di collaborare con gli organismi stranieri, ed in particolare con quelli dell’Unione Europea aventi analoghi compiti e finalità, di collaborare con le università e gli altri organismi di ricerca nazionali, di controllare e valutare gli interventi faunistici operati dalle regioni e dalle province autonome, di esprimere i pareri tecnico-scientifici richiesti dallo Stato e dagli enti locali…
Italian Institute for Wildlife
Italian waterbirds, mediterranean marine birds, projects and conservation…
Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli
LIPU - Via Trento n.49, 43100 Parma. + 39 0521 273043 email@example.com
LIPU - Oasi Costiera
Il target è rappresentato dal birdwatcher, figura turistica in crescita. (Utenza potenziale itinerante 2.500.000). Normalmente esso è una persona sopra i 25 anni, con discreti mezzi economici, munito di attrezzatura per osservazione visiva dal costo medio di 2000 Euro. Impiega il fine settimana famiglia al seguito, ricercando nelle località proposte dal mercato specifico e da segnalazioni dell’utenza, la sua soddisfazione…
LIPU - Oasi di Massaciuccoli
Alloggiato in una grande depressione originata dalla formazione dell’Appennino, il Lago di Massaciuccoli rappresenta lo stadio avanzato di una antica laguna costiera, arretrata con l’avanzare della linea di costa ed il ripascimento dei sedimenti trasportati dai fiumi della piana pisana e versiliese. Oggi, con una estensione di circa 2000 ha di cui 700 ha di specchio lacustre, rappresenta la zona umida più importante della Toscana…
LIPU - Oasi di Racconigi
Il sito ufficiale dell'oasi LIPU di Racconigi, con informazioni di carattere generale…
LIPU di Crava Morozzo
Novara Birdwatching Association
The official web site of Novara Birdwatching Association, Italy…
Scricciolo - Italian Ornithological Web Site
Lots of info and links.
Società Il Tarabuso - Ivrea
Uno dei primi siti regionali curati da un'associazione naturalistica molto attiva in campo ornitologico. Troverete informazioni sull'associazione e sulle sue attività…
Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group
The Wetlands International Cormorant Research Group was officially founded at the 3rd European Cormorant Conference held in Gdansk, Poland, in April 1993. Its main aim is to facilitate the exchange of information on both ecology and biology of the different species of cormorants worldwide and on possible conflicts between cormorants and human fisheries' interests. To achieve this goal, regular meetings and workshops are organised and, at least once a year, the Cormorant Research Group Bulletin will be published. Contributions of ornithologists as well as of fishery biologists and nature management officials to our activities are welcomed…
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Oasi Cervara - Parc Naturale del Fiume Sile
Our park is an ancient wetland (about 25 hectares) located 40 km north of Venice along the Sile River - L’Oasi Naturalistica del Mulino Cervara è una piccola riserva naturale (25 ettari) che tutela un ambiente palustre di eccezionale bellezza e rappresenta un punto di accesso al Parco Naturale Regionale del Fiume Sile, uno dei più importanti fiumi di risorgiva d’Europa…
Parchi del Delta del Po
…The fauna of Parco del Delta del Po is undoubtedly one of the most valuable elements of the protected area. Besides the Park's 460 Vertebrate species, the birds of the Po Delta represent an extraordinarily precious heritage, with more than 300 reported species during the last decades, 150 of which are nesting and more than 180 wintering. Such richness turns the Park into the most important ornithological area in Italy and one of the most relevant in Europe…
The convention entered into force in Italy on 14 April 1977. Italy currently has 52 sites designated as Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Sites), with a surface area of 60,223 hectares.
Forums & Mailing Lists
Would you like birding in Italy? Would you like to know where to go to find the most interesting sites for birdwatching in Italy? This is EuroBirdNet Italia, Italian branch of the European ornithological network: EuroBirdNet. Go to this site to subscribe to the Italian Birding Mailing list.
Guides & Tour Operators
Birding in Italy - Marco Valtriani
If you need a birding guide and help in creating a truly unforgettable birding experience, you’ve come to the right place!
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…
Travels, training and research…
Walking in Etruria - Marco Valtriani
I am an Italian free lance biologist, expert in fauna and wildlife. I am an ornithologist as well, and I work as a guide in central Italy with birdwatching groups…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2009 [08 August] - George Watola - Tuscany
For such a popular holiday destination there is surprisingly little information out there on birding Italy, particularly during the summer (well, not the best time to bird, but us family guys are stuck with the holidays). Luckily there is a good guide available, “A Birdwatchers Guide to Italy” by Luciano Ruggieri & Igor Festari., which has lots of useful information. We went to Tuscany this summer, and stayed in two rather different parts of the province…
2012 [05 May] - Mick Allen - Friuli Venezia Giulia
Friuli Venezia Giulia is the final region of the north east of Italy, bordering Austria and Slovenia. Almost two-thirds of the region is described as mountainous or hilly, meaning birding here can be rather challenging but extremely rewarding, whereas towards the coast and the Slovenian border (which is worth crossing to take advantage of the much cheaper petrol!) things get easier and, if anything, even more surprising....
2013 [04 April] - Mick Allen - Ventotene
Ventotene is a small volcanic island in the Tyrrhenian Sea, one of 6 known as the Pontine Islands. Situated off the coast of Lazio, the island is a 2-hour ferry ride from the port of Formia, and is an excellent stopping-off point for migrants...
2013 [05 May] - Chris Townend - Abruzzo National Park
…Here we encountered some of the woodland specialities including a superb singing male Wood Warbler as it sang out its distinctive song complete with final trill as it glided from branch to branch. A Common Redstart was singing nearby and we soon found ourselves entering an open meadow where we spent some time scanning the many dead trees in the hope of finding our main target species, the White-backed Woodpecker…
2013 [05 May] - Josh Jones
…directions on how to find bird species such as Rock Partridge, Northern Bobwhite, Red-billed Leiothrix, Vinous-throated Parrotbill and Sacred Ibis as well as Marsican Brown Bear….
2013 [08 August] - Eric Jan Alblas - Venice
…but I still managed to squeeze in some bird watching. I saw new subspecies of Jay, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Tit and Reed Bunting….
2013 [09 September] - Darren Archer - Sorrento
…It gave willow warbler feeding in a walnut tree, as the only new bird , but a number of spotted flycatchers showed that migrants were moving. Lizards all over the walls will be missed when we are back in Britain as will the butterflies. The final meal was on Via San Francesco on the bend of the road by the piazza our second visit and just as good the second time…
2014 [11 November] - Bob Swann
...The bank was the south side of a reservoir where we found lots of Moorhen, with Coot, Mallard and some Mute Swans. In the scrub along the edges was a large flock of Tree Sparrows, and a few Hooded Crow and Magpie. We walked round the east side of the reservoir, crossed two bridges taking us onto the north bank and walked along to a larger more open area of water. Here there were ten Black-necked Grebes, a Great-crested Grebe, lots of Black-headed Gulls and a Grey Wagtail. A third bridge took us over a channel to an area of scrub, which is a known bobwhite site. We walked out and around this scrubby area in the rain seeing little apart from Robin, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Reed Bunting and a flyover Sparrow Hawk, but no bobwhites...
2015 [04 April] - Simon Colenutt - Tuscany
Great photos and list
2015 [05 May] - Chris Townend - Abruzzo NP
The Abruzzo National Park , set in the heart of the Apennines in a protected area of around 400 Sq Km and only 2.5 hours drive from Rome. This tour is therefore perfect if you wish to extend your visit and either start or end the tour with a city break sight seeing in the wonderful city of Rome
2015 [05 May] - Nicola Scatassi & Mike Witherick - Po Delta
This was Ornitholidays’ first ever tour to the Po Delta. In fact, the first day and a bit were spent a little further inland on the Parma Plain where we particularly enjoyed visiting breeding colonies of Red-footed Falcons and Lesser Kestrels, as well as two large ‘heronries’ with their mixed populations that included Eurasian Spoonbills and Great Cormorants. Staying in an old Benedictine farm and factory tastefully converted into comfortable accommodation was an especially enjoyable experience. The two evening meals at the traditional and welcoming trattoria in Colorno were tasty and memorable.
2015 [06 June] - Kari Haataja
Early June (2-9) we made with Leena a combined birding and tourist trip to North and Central Italy. My aim was to tick Rock Partridge and four C category birds: Sacred Ibis, Vinous-throated Parrotbill, Northern Bobwhite and Red-billed Leiothrix.
2015 [09 September] - Paul Tout
The first bird we ran into, feeding from the rail along the cycle path, was a young male common redstart, quickly followed by a small group of lesser whitethroats and a couple of pied flycatchers in the scrub beside the road. These, and the spotted flycatcher and willow warbler we saw as we returned, are all common migrants here in mid-September as the forests of central and northern Europe empty of their trans-Saharan migrants before the weather turns cold.
2016 [03 March] - Bob Swann - Puglia
...Walked south round the harbour and eventually found an offshore wall of rock armour with lots of roosting birds – mainly Black-headed Gulls, with a few Yellow-legged Gulls, an adult Mediterranean Gull, lots of Sandwich Terns and a few Great Cormorants. On the water some Black-necked Grebes, a Great Crested Grebe and a couple of Shags. Along the shore a couple of Common Sandpipers and some White Wagtails. After a wait of three hours got brief flight views of the Grey-headed Gull as it flew from the rock armour out to sea...
2016 [06 June] - Chris Durdin - Italian Dolomites
On the rocks were pink Primula hirsuta and in the bushes a close-up view of a willow tit, perhaps the best I have ever seen. Another ring ouzel showed here and two cuckoos flew past.
2016 [11 November] - Rick Wright - Venice & Po Delta
...But of course we did leave, each morning taking us to a different set of nearby destinations, from the glories of Venice’s St. Mark’s and the dazzling thousand-yearold cathedral of Torcello to the avocet-clad marshes of Lio Piccolo and the muddy flats of the ominously named and startlingly lively Laguna del Mort, where Sandwich Terns and Mediterranean Gulls trilled and quacked at us as we stood in the shade of an Adriatic pine forest....
2017 [03 March] - Ed Stubbs - Northern Italy
Flying to and from Milan Malpensa, I was able to draw up a plan to see 5 lifers in a very limited time period. 4 were Category C birds, including the ‘traditional’ 3 of Sacred Ibis, Vinous-throated Parrotbill and Northern Bobwhite. The 4th is a recent addition (2014) to both the Italian and Western Palearctic list – Muscovy Duck. The final target was Wallcreeper. Success with all 5 (including the discovery of a possibly unknown site for one species), some lovely weather and scenery, good food and a decent supporting cast of birds made for a very short and sweet trip.
Places to Stay
La Scuola di Furio
LA SCUOLA Holiday Homes is open all year round to offer you a relaxing stay in close and confortable contact with the Tuscan countryside. In fact its right next to the Padule di Fucecchio Nature Reserve with its breeding Night Herons, Squacco & Purple Herons and Cattle Egret, as well as Moustached & Savi's Warblers etc…
Very close to the Sibillini National Park, the residence offers three self-catering accomodations. Far away from mass tourism, you can explore the sights and scents and serenity of this very, very special part of Italy.
Vecchia Casa - Umbria
Vecchia Casa is a rustic self-catering apartment for 2 in a recently restored farmhouse with wonderful views of the surrounding Umbrian countryside, close to the border with Tuscany…
Via Bruno Rossi 23
A British independently run bed and breakfast set in a 150 year-old farmhouse set within its own grounds in a rural location. Close to great birdwatching as it is within the Po Delta NP.
International Birdwatching Fair - Po Delta
Blog In Italian
Gulls of Italy…
I’ve been birding in NE Italy since 1997. In that time have seen nearly 300 species, including rarities such as White-billed Diver, Isabelline Shrike, Red-breasted Goose, Eleonora’s and Saker Falcons and Sociable Plover. You can add to this certain speciality breeders like Lammergeier, Scarlet Rosefinch, Three-toed Woodpecker, Ural and Eagle Owls and Citril Finch. Proof (if proof were needed) that there really are birds to see in northern Italy....
Alcedo - Ornitologia e natura
The new Italian Magazine of breeding and ornithology…
Grazie alle fatiche di Paola Bressan e Marco Mastrorilli, il primo sito mondiale interamente dedicato al Gufo di palude Asio flammeus…
Live cams on breeding peregrines and kestels…
Pensiamo che il birdwatching sia uno strumento utile per sviluppare la consapevolezza nei confronti delle interazioni far gli organismi viventi e comprendere l'importanza della protezione dell'ambiente.La possibilità di praticare il BW nel tempo libero e la sua componente ludica coinvolgono persone che altrimenti non avrebbero la possibilità di accedere a queste tematiche (solitamente affrontate per motivi di studio o attraverso canali professional)…
Birdwatching in Alto Adige
L'Alto Adige può offrire complessivamente minori opportunità per il birdwatching rispetto al confinante Veneto o al Friuli-Venezia Giulia, regioni che in più possono vantare vaste zone umide lagunari e foci fluviali ospitanti eccezionali concentrazioni di avifauna.
Birdwatching in Cesena
This site contains photographs taken while spending many hours and whole days in natural full immersion. Sometimes by being in a wood, sometimes simply by looking out of my windows. In this way I have had the possibility of admiring many of the bird species that live in my town. This site has no pretentions to be technical or scientific, it's just a choice of natural beauties that Cesena can offer to sharp observant eyes.
Ornithology and Birdwatching in the Province of Cuneo - In Italian…
EBN-ITALIA- IL BIRDWATCHING ITALIANO
Italy is a natural bridge connecting continental Europe to Africa across the Mediterranean. The heterogeneity of natural habitats offers many opportunities to watch birds, starting from species typical of the Siberian taiga, as the Pygmy Owl, to an Indo-African species as the Bonelli's Eagle. The total number of bird species recorded in 1999 for Italy is 502!
For The Birds
For the Birds is a portal that was born from the passion for all the birds of the world. Particular attention is paid to the curiosities, oddities that give us these fantastic animals: birds are seen as a source of inspiration for various activities that involve me, from study to educational and entertainment activities for children …
A site dedicated to abberations among European Goldfinches.
IL Cavaliere d'Italia
Italian top ten sites
Lega Italiana Protezione Uccelli - LIPU - BirdLife ITALY
LIPU The Italian Bird Life partner
Il sito birdwatching dei "cugini" liguri. Tutto ciò che desiderate sapere sul birdwatching in Liguria… Birding in Liguria (Northern Italy): recent sightings, photos, trip reports, novels, etc
Photos, Stamps, Software, BirdLinks. An amateur site but very comprehensive!
Natura Palude La Vela
English pages. A very pretty site with lots of information on the birds of this region of southern Italy.
NEORNITHES: nomina avium
The first and only computer-based system with all known and living birds' names in Italian language…
Ideato e coordinato da Walter Sassi, appassionato conoscitore dell'avifauna con particolare riferimento alla regione Lombardia. Ospita articoli di vario genere, chek list, foto e notizie… [Information and ornithological background for Brianza, Italy]
Picchio Verde - Ornitologia e dintorni
birds, birding and birdwatching in Italy
Quaderni di birdwatching
On line Italian Birding Magazine: Quaderni di Birdwatching presenta articoli e note dal campo originali con particolare riguardo ai criteri identificativi dell'avifauna italiana. Coloro i quali sono interessati alla collaborazione o a inviare foto originali sono invitati a contattare la redazione. Il materiale originale presentato viene integralmente restituito…
Photos, trip reports etc…
Taccuini di Birdwatching di Claudio Chiossi
Osservazioni ornitologiche in zone e oasi italiane o durante viaggi all'estero…
The Kingfisher Experience
Nature is the greatest heritage and photography is a good tool to get people involved in nature conservancy. That’s why we support wildlife photographers in their activities: a nice picture, seen by the large public, worth always a thousand words and testify the importance of protecting our environment…
Birdwatching around Verona: its more interesting sites, its check-list, a mailing list where to exchange information and sightings, the last observations online with photo and films, local excursions, links etc…
Photographers & Artists
Artist - Silvia Gandin
Silvia Gandini is a naturalistic illustrator. She uses different techniques: black-ink, watercolor, colored pencils, acrylics on various materials. Her favorite subjects are animals and flora and their natural habitats. Specializing in scientific illustration, she is contact with museum, universities, natural parks and specialists.
Personal site di Vitantonio Dell'Orto, scrittore e fotografo naturalista. Pagine ricche e ben curate, consigliato agli appassionati di fotografia…
Gallery - Pasquale Montanaro
Some excellent photos…
Pagina di Giuliano Gerra e Silvio Sommazzi, ottimi fotografi, ricca di foto di specie realizzate in Italia ed in altri numerosi paesi del mondo…
Bird Photos from Lombardy, Italy etc…
Photographer - Antonio Benetti
There is no need to depart for distant lands to discover new worlds, one just needs eyes to know how to see. M.Proust
Photographer - Daniele Caccia
Daniele Caccia - Val di Cornia, Livorno, Italy - Mi piace vivere il contatto con la natura, sono appassionato di fotografia naturalistica ed escursionismo,mi piace fotografare la natura a 36o gradi dal mare alla terra,dagli uccelli marini,ai mammiferi…
Photographer - Fabio Damiani - Images from wildlife
Benvenuto nel mio spazio web dedicato alla fotografia naturalistica, una passione quella per l'immagine e la natura che coltivo ormai da parecchio tempo. Le fotografie contenute in questo sito sono una piccola parte del lavoro fotografico da me svolto in questi ultimi anni, frutto di lunghi appostamenti, ricerca e tanta passione.
Photographer - Guido Bissattini
Photographer - Luca Bracci
Welcome to my web site. Here you can have a look to my pictures… Tuscan photographer.
Photographer - Luigi Sebastiani
Birds of Italy and Europe photo gallery - Galleria di foto degli uccelli presenti in Italia ed Europa…
Photographer - Mauro Sanna Fotografi
Italian wildlife photography…
Photographer - Michele Mendi
Personal site di Michele Mendi, fotonaturalista e valido collaboratore di Cuneobirding…
Photographer - Roberto Lerco
Mi chiamo Roberto Lerco. Sono nato nel 1969 e vivo a Nesente, una piccola contrada a circa 6 Km. dal centro di Verona, con mia moglie Orietta e mio figlio Filippo. Con loro condivido la passione per i Viaggi e per la natura in generale. I miei hobbies sono il tennis, la fotografia naturalistica ed il birdwatching…
Web Cam Natura
The Web Cam Natura aims to provide live, the images of life in different ecosystems of the animals taken from cameras Artuà For Nature. Every day we try to follow and discover the secrets of the ecosystem in which we live, without invading or changing the pace. The web cam is located in Italy, and in limited geographical areas identified by the staff of Artà For Nature. The Web Cam Natura site is viewable only in Italian…