Home page

Selected Publications

    Boano G. & Cucco M. (1989) Breeding biology of the Pallid Swift (Apus pallidus) in North-Western Italy. Gerfaut 79:133-148. PDF

Malacarne G. & Cucco M. (1990) Shifts in sound features of the duetting Pallid Swifts Apus pallidus. Boll. Zool. 57:51-53. PDF

Malacarne G. & Cucco M. (1991) Chick mortality and hatching asynchrony in the Pallid Swifts Apus pallidus. Avocetta 15: 19-24. PDF

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. (1992) Influence of weather condition on Pallid Swift Apus pallidus breeding success. Ecography 15:184-189. PDF

Malacarne G., Cucco M. & Orecchia G. (1992) Nest attendance, parental roles and breeding success in the Pallid Swift. Vogelwarte 36:203-210. PDF

Cucco M., Bryant D.M. & Malacarne G. (1993) Differences in the diet of the Common (Apus apus) and Pallid (A. pallidus) Swifts. Avocetta 17:131-138. PDF

Boano G., Cucco M., Malacarne G. & Orecchia G. (1993) Survival rate and mate fidelity in the Pallid Swift. Avocetta 17: 189-197. 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

Malacarne G. & Cucco M. (1996) Adattamenti riproduttivi nel rondone pallido. Le Scienze (ed. it. Scientific American) 332, aprile 1996, 76-82. 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

Mazzotto M., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (1996) Cohabitation et ségrégation chez les Martinets pâle (Apus pallidus) et alpins (Apus melba) en colonies mixtes de la côte méditerrannéenne. Nos Oiseaux 43: 337-344. PDF

Cucco M. & Levi L., Maffei G. & Pulcher C. (1996) Atlante degli uccelli del Piemonte e della Valle d'Aosta in inverno. Monografie XIX. Museo Reg. Sc. Nat. Torino, 1-326. ISBN 88-86041-15-2.

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. Zool. 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., Lingua G., Bocchio D., Acquarone C. & Malacarne G. (1999) Sex identification in the moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) by flow cytometry and morphometric analysis. Ital. J. Zool. 66: 1-6. PDF

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

Silvano F., Acquarone C. & Cucco M. (2000) Distribution of the eastern Cottontail Sylvilagus floridanus in the province of Alessandria. Hystrix 11:45-48. 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) 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) 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) 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., Agosta P., Bo T. & Cucco M. (2002) Field experiments on colonization and movements of stream invertebrates in an Apennine river (Visone, NW Italy). Hydrobiologia 474: 125-130. 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 doi

Fenoglio S., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2003) Moorhen females lay eggs of different size and ß-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

Fenoglio S., Bo T., Gallina G. & Cucco M. (2004) Vertical distribution in the water column of drifting macroinvertebrates. J. Freshwater Ecol. 19: 485-492. PDF doi

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 doi

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

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

Fenoglio S., Bo T., Agosta P. & Cucco M. (2005) Mass loss and macroinvertebrate colonisation of fish carcasses in riffles and pools of a NW Italian stream. Hydrobiologia 532: 111–122. PDF

Fenoglio S., Bo T. & Cucco M. (2005) Winter prey preference of Perlodes microcephalus (Pictet, 1833) (Plecoptera, Perlodidae) nymphs in an Apenninic creek, Northwestern Italy. Entomological News 532: 111–122. 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. Can. J. Zool. 84: 72-79. doi

Fenoglio S., Gay P., Malacarne G. & Cucco M. (2006) Rapid recolonisation of agricultural soil by microarthropods after steam disinfestation. J. Sustainable Agricolture 27: 125-135. PDF doi

Bo T., Cucco M., Fenoglio S. & Malacarne G. (2006) Colonisation patterns and vertical movements of stream invertebrates in the interstitial zone: a case study in the Apennines, NW Italy. Hydrobiologia 568: 67-78. PDF doi

Fenoglio S., Bo T., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2006) Leaf breakdown patterns in a NW Italian stream: the effect of leaf type, environmental conditions, and patch size. Biologia, Section Zoology 61: 555-563. PDF doi

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

Fenoglio S., Cucco M., Bo T. & Malacarne G. (2006) Colonisation by ground and edaphic invertebrates of soil patches with different pollution levels. Periodicum Biologorum 109: 37-45. PDF

Cucco M., Guasco B., Malacarne G. & Ottonelli R. (2007) Effects of ß-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

Fenoglio S., Bo T., Cucco M. & Malacarne G. (2007) Response of benthic invertebrate assemblages to varying drought conditions in the Po river (NW Italy). Ital. J. Zoology 74: 191-201. doi

Fenoglio S., Bo T., J.M.T. de Figueroa & Cucco M. (2008) Nymphal growth, life cycle and feeding habits of Potamanthus luteus (Linnaeus, 1767) (Insecta, Ephemeroptera) in the Bormida River (NW Italy). Zoological Studies 47: 185-190. PDF

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 doi

Fenoglio S., Bo T., Cucco M., Mercalli L. & Malacarne G. (2010) Effects of global climate change on freshwater biota: a review with special emphasis on the Italian situation. Ital. J. Zoology 77: 374-383. doi

Bo T., Fenoglio S., Lopez-Rodriguez M.J., Tierno de Figueroa J.M., Grenna M. & Cucco M. (2010) Do predators condition the distribution of prey within micro habitats? An experiment with stoneflies (Plecoptera). Internat. Rev. Hydrobiol. 95: 285-295. PDF doi

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., Šálek 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., Šálek 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

Cucco M. (2015) Nuova segnalazione di Leucorrhinia dubia (Vander Linden, 1825) nelle Alpi Graie (Insecta, Odonata). Riv. Piem. St. Nat. 36: 77-87. PDF

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

Pellegrino I., Cucco M., Calà E., Boano G. & Pavia M. (2020) Plumage coloration and morphometrics of the Little Owl Athene noctua in the Western Palearctic. Journal of Ornithology 161: 1071-1081. doi

Boano G., Pellegrino I., Ferri M., Cucco M., Minelli F., Åkesson S. (2020) Climate anomalies affect annual survival rates of swifts wintering in sub‐Saharan Africa. Ecology and Evolution 10: 7916-7928. doi PDF

Toffoli R. & Cucco M. (2020) Habitat suitability, connection analysis, and effectiveness of protected areas for conservation of the Barbastelle bat Barbastella barbastellus in NW Italy. Acta Chiropterologica 22: 281-291. doi

Cucco M., Alessandria G., Bissacco M., Carpegna F., Fasola M., Gagliardi A., Gola L., Volponi S., Pellegrino I. (2021) The spreading of the invasive sacred ibis in Italy. Scientific Reports 11 (86): 1-13. doi PDF

Pellegrino I., Ilahiane L., Boano G., Cucco M., Pavia M., Prestridge H.L., Voelker G. (2021) Avian haemosporidian diversity on Sardinia is driven by both isolation and host migration pattern. Diversity 13: 75. doi PDF

Selected publications
MC meetings

Studied species


Links, personal, etc.