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Title of the project

Song Thrush: date determination of prenuptial migration


Search of the date determination of prenuptial migration for the Song Trush (Turdus philomelos).
The objectives are:
– to maintain hunting season of song thrush on 31st January based on article 2.7.13 of Guide of Hunting under Birds directive, by giving regional data to Region Administration
– to modify Key Concepts of song thrush for Italy.

Ringing activity over the period from January to March. Collection of biometric and physiological information.

During capture operations, they also have collected biometric and physiological information. The project started in Puglia region in January 2011. In 2012, it started in Calabria region with 2 ringing station, in Lazio region with 1 station and in Umbria region with 1 station. In Puglia region the study will continu until 2013. So, 3 years of surveys are now available. In other region, the study will continue in 2013 and 2014 in order to obtain a 3 years survey for each region.
In the project, other species of Passerines (Passeriformes) were captured in order to increase ringing activity and knowledge of non huntable species.

Hunters were involved in financing studies with national FIDC and regional sections of FIDC, but also in various local congresses that FIDC organized to promote the study and to promote his scientific activity.


Results shows that prenuptial migration of Song Thrush started in February, with possible exeptions in last days of January. Increase in knowledge of migration and weather was possible thanks to this study, both on Song Thrush and other passerines.


Country Italy
Level Regional
Region Puglia, Lazio, Calabria, Umbria and Campania regions

Starting date


Habitat Types

Forest/Woodland, Wetland


Species Caracteristics Huntable species, Migratory species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Song thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Conservation action(s)

Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data)


Leading partners Federazione Italiana della Caccia, Ufficio Avifauna Migratoria (http://www.federcaccia.org/avifauna_migratoria.php)
Other partners Federazione Italiana della Caccia regione Calabria (http://www.federcaccia.org/regione.php?id_regione=3), FIDC Regione Umbria (http://www.federcaccia.org/regione.php?id_regione=18), Unione Cacciatori Italiani Migratoristi.Group Ringing Waders (GIL, Gruppo inanellamento limicoli, Naples) (http://www.gruppoinanellamentolimicoli.it/tringa-glareola.html). Regione Umbria (http://www.regione.umbria.it/home); Ambito Territoriale di Caccia Salerno (http://www.atc-salerno.it/);

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

Ringing station in Puglia and Lazio region : 15.000 euros/year eachRinging station Calabria region: 15.000 euro/year (two ringing station)Umbria ringing station: 6800 euros/year covered by Umbria Region (6000) and UCIM and district sections of FIDC (Terni and Perugia). (400+400).

Estimation of Human Resources needed

Ringing station were operated by 2-4 ringers, which means around 8-10 ringers involved in such studies. Ringers are also the authors of reports. Scientific publication are planned with cooperation of Michele Sorrenti and perhaps university scientists.


Sergio Scebba & Giuseppe La Gioia: 2013. Studio per la determinazione della data d’inizio della migrazione pre nuziale del Tordo bottaccio (Turdus philomelos) in provincial di Lecce 3° resoconto. Federazione Italiana della Caccia Ufficio Avifauna Migratoria-Gruppo Inanellamento Limicoli .Muscianese E, Sgrò P., Martino G., Grasso E. 2013. Studio della migrazione primaverile precoce attraverso la realizzazione di una rete di stazioni di inanellamento anno 2°. Federazione Italiana della Caccia Ufficio Avifauna Migratoria, Federazione Italiana della Caccia Calabria.Tramontana D., Giannerini S., 2013. Rapporto Turdidi Isola Polvese 2° anno. Regione Umbria-UCIM –Federazione Italiana della Caccia.