The first account of the Italian avifauna to be published in English. This is the second 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 wintering species. The book includes many high-quality colour photographs illustrating both geographical areas important for birds in Italy and many representative species. In this second volume, the 229 reported species (including 88 species with rejected records) are described, with data updated to 2018, and supported by 125 distribution maps, 15 graphs and 82 colour photographs.
"This second volume of a three-book series presents a revised and updated English version of Brichetti and Fracasso's comprehensive nine-volume book series, Ornitologia Italiana, available in Italian only. [...] I wish to emphasize that the main strength of the book (and of the Ornitologia Italiana book series) lies in providing an up-to-date summary of the huge amount of valuable ornithological information spread through disparate sources, including web portals (e.g. Ornitho.it, the Italian ornithological information-sharing portal), scientific publications, ornithological bulletins and local distribution atlases, all of which have been flourishing in Italy in recent years and many of which may be hard to consult, even by specialized ornithologists. Furthermore, the authors have personally consulted dozens of Italian experts on specific taxa to fill gaps in knowledge and to provide the most accurate picture of the current state of Italian birds. Looking forward to the completion of the series, I therefore maintain that The Birds of Italy is an invaluable source of information for all those interested in the ecology and distribution of birds from Italy (and broadly the Mediterranean region) for many years to come."
– Diego Rubolini, Ibis, August 2021
"[...] 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