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Title of the project

Assessment of conservation status of the red-legged partridge by genetic analysis


The project concern about genetic monitoring of the red-legged partridge, in collaboration with Antagene laboratory (France). Few days ago the Hunting Territorial Zone Genoa 2 East sent to the laboratory 50 biological samples in total: 39 paws of red-legged partridges shot down during 2017 hunting season and 11 feathers with trophic quill of specimens bred in two local farms.
The purpose of the project is verify the presence of hybrids with Alectoris chukar and evaluate the effectiveness of the management activities that we conducted in recent years, to continue the improvement of conservation status of the red-legged partridge.


Country Italy
Level Regional
Site Hunting Territorial Zone Genoa 2 Eaast (www.atcge2levante.it)
Specific site coordinates Genoa, Casarza Ligure, Ne, Sestri Levante, Castiglione Chiavarese, Bargagli, Neirone, Moconesi, Orero, Borzonasca, Rezzoaglio, Santo Stefano d'Aveto
Municipalities involved Metropolitan City of Genoa (fermerly known as the Province of Genoa)
Province(s) Liguria Region

Starting date


Habitat Types

Farmland, Scrub/Grassland, Mountains

Protection status of the areas

Natura 2000, No protection status, local farms


Species Caracteristics Huntable species
Species Type Birds
Name(s) of main species Red-legged partridge, Alectoris rufa (Linneus 1758)

Conservation action(s)

Management of habitats and wildlife (e.g. conservation and restoration activities), Research and data collection (e.g. monitoring, bag data), Communication and education (for different target audiences e.g. hunters, the wider public)


Leading partners Antagene Laboratory (www.antagene.com)

Estimation of the budget (total or annual)

The Hunting Territorial Zone Genoa 2 East finances the project with € 2.422,80 for genetic analysis.

Estimation of Human Resources needed

15 hunters and 1 resident wildlife biologist


At the moment no scientific paper are available about this phase of the project. There is an old paper only about a previous phase of the project, published in 2013. Ciuffardi L. & Spanò S., 2013. Conservation status and hunting management of red-legged partridge Alectoris rufa in the Eastern Province of Genoa (Liguria Region, NW Italy). Avocetta, 37: 95-98.http://www.atcge2levante.it/images/Ciuffardi_Spanò_Avocetta.pdf