This is the first in-depth account of the Italian avifauna to be published in English and is the first of three volumes illustrating the current status of all Italian species, with detailed data on distribution, populations, habitats, breeding biology, movements and wintering. Detailed maps and graphs illustrating geographical distribution of breeding, wintering and rare species, as well as numerical trends for winterings species. The books includes many high-quality colour photographs illustrating both geographical areas important for birds in Italy and many representative species. In this frst volume, 384 reported species (including 109 species with rejected records) are described, with data updated to 2016-2017.
Pierandrea Brichetti originates from Ponte di Legno, he lives at Verolavecchia in the Brescia plain. His research activities go back to the early 1970s, when he met Edgardo Moltoni, whose school he followed. Since 1980 he has worked as a freelance ornithologist. He has published more than 240 papers and thirty ornithological books and atlases, including the 9 volumes of the Ornitologia Italiana. He has been a correspondent for Italy for The Birds of the Western Palearctic and The EBCC Atlas of European Breeding Birds. From 1993 to 2011 he was Director of the CISO and from 1980 to 2007 Secretary of the Italian Rarities Committee (COI).
Giancarlo Fracasso was born in Vicenza, he developed an interest in natural history early in his childhood. He attended the University of Padua where he graduated in Natural Sciences in 1973. He has co-authored several bird. and herpetological atlases of several districts in N Italy, and co-authored the 9 volumes of the Ornitologia Italiana. As a bird ringer since 1977, his main interests have been on moult, biometry and survival in bird populations. Member of the Italian Rarities Committee (COI) since 1998, he served the Committee as co-secretary from 2008 to 2017. Currently, he is associate editor of Avocetta, the journal of the CISO.
"[...] Both volumes contain a huge amount of information and the authors are to be congratulated for bringing together so much material. [...]"
– Keith Betton, British Birds 114, January 2021
"[...] I believe Brichetti and Fracasso's book fully achieves its goal of being a landmark publication for all those interested in the ecology and distribution of birds in Italy."
– Diego Rubolini, Ibis 162(2), April 2020
"[...] This book would appeal to those interested in a high-quality text that covers the distribution, trends and movements of birds found in Italy."
– Daria Dadam, BTO book reviews