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Malacarne G., Cucco M. & Camanni S. (1991). Coordinated visual displays and vocal duetting in different ecological situations among Western Palearctic non-passerine birds. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 3:207-219. PDF

Cucco M., Malacarne G., Orecchia G. & Boano G. (1991). Influence of weather condition on Pallid Swift Apus pallidus breeding success. Ecography 15:184-189. PDF

Malacarne G., Cucco M. & Bertolo E. (1994). Sibling competition in asynchronously hatched broods of the Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus). Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 6:293-300. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1995).Increase of parental effort in experimentally enlarged broods of Pallid Swifts. Canadian Journal Zoology 73:1387-1395. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1996).Effect of food availability on nestling growth and fledging success in manipulated Pallid Swift broods. Journal Zoology London 240: 141-151. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1996). Factors affecting egg mass in the Pallid Swift Apus pallidus. Bird Study 43: 314-319. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1996). Reproduction of the Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) in relation to weather and aerial insect abundance. Ital. J. Zoology 63: 47-253. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1997). The effect of supplemental food on time budget and body condition in the Black Redstart. Ardea 85: 211-221. PDF

Acquarone C., Baiardi R., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1998). Variation of body mass in Moorhens Gallinula chloropus wintering in a temperate area. Revue Ecologie Terre Vie 53: 353-365. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1999). Is the song of Black Redstart males an honest signal of status? Condor 101: 689-694. PDF

Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2000). Delayed maturation in passerine birds: an examination of plumage effects and some indications of a related effect in song. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 12: 291-308. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2001). Body condition, immunocompetent organs, and blood parameters in the Hooded Crow. Israel J. Zool. 47: 287-294. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2001). Daily and seasonal activity pattern of Moorhens (Gallinula chloropus) studied by motion-sensitive transmitters. Waterbirds 24: 1-7. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2001). Short-term effects on body condition and size of immunocompetent organs in the hooded crow. Ital. J. Zool. 68: 195-199. PDF

Fenoglio S., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2002). Bill colour and body condition in the Moorhen Gallinula chloropus. Bird Study 49: 89-92. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M., Li Cauli S. & Malacarne G. (2002). Effects of food abundance and predictability on body condition and health parameters: experimental tests with the Hooded Crow. Ibis 144:155-163. PDF

Cucco M., Ottonelli R., Raviola M. & Malacarne G. (2002). Variations of body mass and immune function in response to food unpredictability in magpies. Acta Oecologica 23: 271-276. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2002). Annual variation of immune condition in the Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix. Journal Ornithology 143: 351-355. PDF

Fenoglio S., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2002). The effect of a carotenoid-rich diet on immunocompetence and behavioural performances in the Moorhen chicks. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 14: 149-156. PDF

Fenoglio S., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2003). Moorhen females lay eggs of different size and β-carotene content. Ardea 91: 117-121. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2003). Reproduction of the Crag Martin in relation to weather and colony size. Ornis Fennica 80: 79-85. PDF

Acquarone C., Cucco M., Malacarne G. & Silvano F. (2004) Temporary shift of body size in hooded crows Corvus corone cornix of NW Italy. Folia Zool. 53: 379-384. PDF

Fenoglio S., Cucco M., Fracchia L., Martinotti M.G. & Malacarne G. (2004) Shield colours of the Moorhen are differently related to bacterial load and health parameters. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 16: 171-180. PDF

Castellano S., Cucco M. & Giacoma C. (2004). Reproductive investment of female green toads (Bufo viridis). Copeia 10: 659-664. PDF

Cucco M., Malacarne G., Ottonelli R. & Patrone M. (2006) Repeatability of cell-mediated and innate immunity, and other fitness-related traits, in the Grey Partridge. Canad. J. Zool. 84: 72-79. PDF doi

Cucco M., Guasco B., Malacarne G. & Ottonelli R. (2006) Effects of -carotene supplementation on chick growth, immune status and behaviour in the grey partridge, Perdix perdix. Behavioural Processes 73: 325-332. PDF doi

Cucco M., Guasco B., Malacarne G. & Ottonelli R. (2007) Effects of -carotene on adult immune condition and antibacterial activity in the eggs of the Grey Partridge, Perdix perdix. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. A 147: 1038-1046. doi

Cucco M., Guasco B., Malacarne G., Ottonelli R. & Tanvez A. (2008) Yolk testosterone levels and dietary carotenoids influence growth and immunity of grey partridge chicks. Gen. Comp. Endocr. 156: 418-425. doi

Cucco M., Guasco B., Ottonelli R., Balbo V. & Malacarne G. (2009) The influence of temperature on egg composition in the grey partridge Perdix perdix. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 21: 63-77. PDF

Bonisoli-Alquati A., Rubolini D., Romano M., Cucco M., Fasola M., Caprioli M. & Saino N. (2010) Egg antimicrobials, embryo sex and chick phenotype in the yellow-legged gull. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 64: 845-855. doi

Garcia-Fernandez V., Guasco B., Tanvez A., Lacroix A., Cucco M., Leboucher G. & Malacarne G. (2010) Influence of mating preferences on yolk testosterone in the Grey Partridge. Animal Behaviour 80: 45-49. doi

Cucco M., Pellegrino I. & Malacarne G. (2010) Immune challenge affects female condition and egg size in the Grey Partridge. J. Exp. Zool. A 313: 597-604. doi

Cucco M., Grenna M., Pellegrino I. & Malacarne G. (2011) Egg-sequence rather than mating preference influences female egg investment in the red-legged partridge. Ethol. Ecol. Evol. 23: 343-357. doi

Cucco M., Grenna M., Pellegrino I. & Malacarne G. (2011) Effects of immune challenge and supernormal clutch production on egg quality in the red-legged partridge. Evolutionary Ecology Research 13: 269-282. doi

Cucco M., Grenna M. & Malacarne G. (2012) Female condition, egg shape and hatchability: a study on the grey partridge. Journal of Zoology 287: 186-194. doi

Pertoldi C., Pellegrino I., Cucco M., Mucci N., Randi E., Laursen J.T, Sunde P., Loeschke V. & Kristensen T.N. (2012) Genetic consequences of population decline in the Danish population of the Little Owl (Athene noctua). Evolutionary Ecology Research 14: 921-932. PDF

Treggiari A.A., Gagliardone M., Pellegrino I. & Cucco M. (2013) Habitat selection in a changing environment: the relationship between habitat alteration and Scops Owl (Aves: Strigidae) territory occupancy. Ital. J. Zool. 80: 574-586. doi

Grenna M., Avidano L., Malacarne G., Leboucher G. & Cucco M. (2014) Influence of male dominance on egg testosterone and antibacterial substances in the egg of Grey Partrdiges. Ethology 120: 149-158. doi

Pellegrino I., Negri A., Cucco M., Mucci N., Pavia M., Šlek M., Boano G. & Randi E. (2014) Phylogeography and Pleistocene refugia of the little owl (Athene noctua) as inferred from mtDNA sequence data. Ibis 156: 639–657. doi

Pellegrino I., Negri A., Boano G., Cucco M., Kristensen T.N., Pertoldi C., Randi E., Šlek M. & Mucci N. (2015) Evidence for strong genetic structure in European populations of the little owl Athene noctua. Journal of Avian Biology 46: 462-475. doi

Boano G., Pellegrino I. & Cucco M. (2015) Moult and morphometrics of the pallid swift Apus pallidus in northwestern Italy. Ardeola 62: 35-48. doi

Pellegrino I., Cucco M., Follestad A. & Boos M. (2015) Lack of genetic structure in greylag goose (Anser anser) populations along the European Atlantic flyway. PeerJ 3: e1161. PDF doi

Pellegrino I., Boatti L., Cucco M., Mignone F., Kristensen T.N., Mucci N., Randi E., Ruiz-Gonzalez A. & Pertoldi C. (2016) Development of SNP markers for population structure and phylogeography characterization in little owl (Athene noctua) using a genotyping- by-sequencing approach. Conservation Genetics Resources 8: 13-16. doi

Pellegrino I., Curletti G., Liberatore F. & Cucco M. (2017) Cryptic diversity of the jewel beetles Agrilus viridis (Coleoptera: Buprestidae) hosted on hazelnut. European Zoological Journal 84: 465-472. doi PDF

Pellegrino I., Cucco M., Harvey J., Liberatore F., Pavia M., Voelker G. & Boano G. (2017) So similar and yet so different: taxonomic status of Pallid swift Apus pallidus and Common swift Apus apus. Bird Study 64:1-9. doi

Cucco M., Grenna M. & Pellegrino I. (2017) Egg characteristics in relation to skipped days of laying in the Grey Partridge. Avian Biology Research 10:231-240. doi

Cucco M. & Bowman R. (2018) Mass fluctuation in breeding females, males, and helpers of the Florida scrub-jay Aphelocoma coerulescens. PeerJ 6: e5607. doi PDF

Subrero E., Sforzini S., Viarengo A. & Cucco M. (2019) Exposure to anti-mosquito insecticides utilized in rice fields affects survival of two non-target species, Ischnura elegans and Daphnia magna. Paddy and Water Environment 17:1-11. doi

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