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Pino Giuseppe Cortone

Pino Giuseppe Cortone
Ecologia applicata Italia

degree in natural Science

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Publications (17)
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Islands are key areas for biodiversity; however, they are extremely sensitive to anthropic actions. This has led to local species extinctions, especially large predators such as raptors. Consequently, reintroduction and conservation projects aimed at reversing population decline of endangered species have recently gained popularity. Nevertheless, t...
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Islands are key areas for biodiversity; however, they are extremely sensitive to anthropic actions. This has led to local species extinctions, especially large predators such as raptors. Consequently, reintroduction and conservation projects aimed at reversing population decline of endangered species have recently gained popularity. Nevertheless, t...
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Context: Dietary analyses are essential to achieve a better understanding of animals’ ecology. In the case of endangered species, assessing dietary requirements is crucial to improving their management and conservation. The Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) has experienced a severe decline throughout its breeding range in Europe and, in Italy, fewe...
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Context Dietary analyses are essential to achieve a better understanding of animal ecology. In the case of endangered species, assessing dietary requirements is crucial to improve their management and conservation. The Bonelli’s eagle (Aquila fasciata) has experienced a severe decline throughout its breeding range in Europe and, in Italy, fewer tha...
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The vulture populations in West Africa are undergoing dramatic decline over the last 30 years. Their particular ecology and sociality makes them vulnerable to various risks, including environmental changes, poisoning and bioaccumulation of toxic substances from agricultural products, pesticides, and veterinary drugs used in cattle livestock. In add...
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Capsule: We report a significant reduction in population size and breeding success for the Lanner Falcon Falco biarmicus in Sicily, its biggest stronghold in Europe, since the latest coordinated survey. Aims: To provide updated information on current population size of Lanner Falcon in Sicily and to compare breeding parameters with those obtained i...
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Dietary habits of Egyptian vultures in Sicily have changed in the last 30 years mainly due to changes in livestock production. Here we describe and quantify Egyptian vulture’s diet in Sicily; to compare it with previous studies; to discuss changes in diet composition in relation to changes in food availability; and to suggest conservation actions a...
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Scarce information is available on the current status of Apennine populations of Alectoris graeca. In this paper, data on re-cent distribution of the species in each Apennine region and data on census in several Apennine areas are reported. In Marche region, the size of population was estimated in 110-137 pairs and maximum density (1.25 pairs/ km 2...
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Red Kite Milvus milvus in Italy from 1800 to the present. Common in most of Italy in 1800, the Red Kite (Milvus milvus) became extinct (with few exceptions) in Northern provinces before the end of the century. From 1900 to 1970 the species became extinct in Tuscany and in the greatest part of Latium, where few pairs breed still today. The bulk of...

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Our project is aimed to the conservation of birds of prey in Sicily, in particular Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata), Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus), Lanner falcon (Falco biarmicus) and golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). Our Investigations mainly concern the ecology of these species, including habitat preferences, demography, diet and interspecific interactions among ecologically similar species. Since several years, we developed a population census and we are currently investigating the factors determining the distribution and the breeding success of these species through the application of statistical and demographic models. Our team of scientists has also been developing a conservation and management plan for the Sicilian populations of the above-mentioned species, also collaborating with the project LIFE ConRaSi (Conservation of Raptors Sicily) - LIFE14 NAT / IT / 001017 (developed by WWF Italia, spanish GREFA and several agencies of the Sicily region) aimed at the conservation of Bonelli's eagle, Egyptian vulture and Lanner falcon, especially through surveillance to prevent the robbery of the eggs and chicks and the development of a network of feeding stations and rabbit farms. Some peer-reviewed papers have already been published, and others are coming as an out come of our field research actions.