Conero Promontory


The natural setting of the site

Located along the Adriatic coast of Central Italy, the Conero Promontory reaches an altitude of 572 metres a.s.l. and is covered by woods and Mediterranean scrubs. Inland lies into a hilly areas.

The migration survey

The migration takes place in spring from March till May. Counts at the site are affected by bias due to the reluctance of raptors to start the crossing of the sea. Tens of European Honey Buzzards were observed stop the migration and flying in the opposite direction of migration during adverse weather conditions also 50 km south of the site. Observations started in the 90’s and were conducted by the Natural Park and LIPU (Bird Life Italy). The most famous watchpoint is Pian Grande located 415 m above sea level in the northern part of the Promontory. The commonest species are: European Honey Buzzards, Western Marsh Harriers, Hobbys, Kestrels and Red-footed Falcons.

How to get there?
The closest airport is in Ancona few km south of the Promontory.

MEDRAPTORS (Mediterranean Raptor Migration Network)
LIPU-BirdLife Italy

Main references

  • Premuda G., Gustin M., Pandolfi M., Sonet L., Cento M., 2008. Spring raptor migration along the Adriatic coast (Italy): a comparative study over three sites. Avocetta 32: 13-20.
  • Gustin M. & Sorace A., 2004. Is the Conero Promontory, central Italy, an important bridge for migrant raptors entering eastern Europe in spring? British Birds 97: 403-406.
  • Panuccio M., Polini N., Forconi P., Fusari M., Giorgetti G., Marini G. & Agostini N. 2004. Mount Capodarco: a survey of the migratory behaviour of Accipitriformes along the Adriatic coast of Central Italy. Rivista italiana di Ornitologia, 74(2): 160-163.
  • Agostini N. & Panuccio M. 2003. Analysis of the spring migration of Honey Buzzards (Pernis apivorus) and Marsh Harriers (Circus aeruginosus) at two sites of Central Italy. Avocetta, 27: 203-205.
  • Gustin M., Sorace A., Ardizzone D. & Borioni M., 2002. Spring migration of raptors on Conero Promontory. Avocetta, 26: 19-24.