The boot-shaped peninsula of Italy projects into the northern Mediterranean. Along its northern borders Italy is screened by the Alps, whilst the much longer chain of the Apennines forms the backbone of Italy.
The other main areas of interest to birders are the Po Valley with its lakes, rivers, rice-fields and lagoons and the coastal areas.
Italy's birdlife is rich with some 450 species, of which more than half breed. Yet hunters and netters have taken a heavy toll making birdlife scarce in parts. Rice fields near the Po river mouth hold Glossy Ibis, stilts, pratincoles, Whiskered and White-winged Black Terns.
Birds are also plentiful in the Parco Nazionale degli Abruzzi in the Appeninnes with breeding Dotterel, Chough, Alpine Chough, Snowfinch and White-backed Woodpecker. Deciduous forests hold Collared Flycatchers. Rock Partridges, Black and Black-eared Wheatears are widespread.
Rock Partridge © Steve Smith
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South-eastern Sicily, Italy January 6th - 13th 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 24, 2004)
Sardinia, Italy and Corsica, France - 25th July - 7th August 2012, author Anders Hangaard (added September 10, 2012)
(Molentargius, Monte Arcosu, Marmora´s W, Dartford W, Purple Swamphen)
La Palma, Canary Islands - 27th February - 6th March 2015, author Mark Graham (added May 18, 2015)
(Red-billed Chough, Berthelot's Pipit)
Italy - Wallcreeper and Lanner in Tuscany - January 2008, author Sean Cole (added February 16, 2008)
(Lanner, Pine Bunting, Wallcreeper, Tuscany)
Vendicari Reserve, South East Sicily - December 2012, author Andy Parkin (added December 26, 2012)
(Flamingos, Spoonbills, Spotless Starlings)
Spain, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Greece Cruise - August 2010, author Mark Graham (added August 19, 2010)
(Cruising the Med and Adriatic)
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