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Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos syriacus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 14 000 - 25 000 pairs Distribution pattern Almost ubiquitous distribution, except in the middle and high parts of the mountains and some fully forested hilly and...

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Subalpine Warbler

Subalpine Warbler

(Sylvia cantillans)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 3000-8000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy distribution, densely covering the Eastern Rhodopes and the area of the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta with the...

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Stock Dove

Stock Dove

(Columba oenas)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 150 - 350 pairs Distribution pattern Patchy distribution in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas with old forests – Strandzha, Stara Planina, Rila, Pirin, and the Western...

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Stone Curlew

Stone Curlew

(Burchinus oedicnemus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 160 - 360 pairs Distribution pattern With fragmented patchy distribution, covering mainly Eastern Bulgaria - the coastal part of Dobrudzha and the Southern part of the...

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Savi’s Warbler

Savi’s Warbler

(Locustella luscinioides)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 300 - 500 pairs Distribution pattern With dispersed distribution in the lowlands of the whole country. More grouped in neighbouring squares in places along the...

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Middle Spotted Woodpecker

Middle Spotted Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos medius)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 12 000 - 20 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution in most of the country, more densely in the mountains, areas with lowland forests and...

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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

(Falco peregrinus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 120 - 160 pairs Distribution pattern With dispersed breeding sites, more often grouped in neighbouring squares in mountainous and semi-mountainous regions - mainly in the...

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Spotted Nutcracker

Spotted Nutcracker

(Nucifraga caryocatactes)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 10 000 - 15 000 pairs Distribution pattern With limited patchy, dispersed distribution mainly in the coniferous belt in the mountains, and covering mainly Western...

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Eurasian Crag Martin

Eurasian Crag Martin

(Ptyonoprogne rupestris)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 10 000 - 15 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution, covering almost entirely all mountains. With dispersed breeding grounds also in...

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Syrian Woodpecker

Syrian Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos syriacus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 14 000 - 25 000 pairs Distribution pattern Almost ubiquitous distribution, except in the middle and high parts of the mountains and some fully forested hilly and...

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Spotted Flycatcher

Spotted Flycatcher

(Muscicapa striata)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 10 000 - 15 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution, covering more consistently the Rila-Rhodope Massif (especially the Western Rhodopes),...

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Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow

(Hirundo rustica)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 400 000 - 800 000 pairs Distribution pattern With widespread almost dense distribution throughout the country, except for some highland forest areas and places without...

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Semicollared Flycatcher

Semicollared Flycatcher

(Ficedula semitorquata)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 1 500 – 3 500 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution, denser in Eastern and Central Stara Planina, the forested areas around Varna and in...

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Song Thrush

Song Thrush

(Turdus philomelos)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 200 000 – 600 000 pairs Distribution pattern Distributed in most of the country, more densely in mountainous and semi-mountainous forest areas. Not so compact in the...

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Short-toed Lark

Short-toed Lark

(Calandrella brachydactyla)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 1 200 – 3 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution in plains and low hilly areas throughout the country, mainly in Sakar, Kraimorska...

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Sedge Warbler

Sedge Warbler

(Acrocephalus schoenobaenus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 500 – 1 500 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution in the lowlands of the country - grouped in neighbouring squares along the Danube...

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Spanish Sparrow

Spanish Sparrow

(Passer hispaniolensis)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 200 000-500 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution in the plains and low - mountain parts of the whole country, more consistently in...

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Sombre Tit

Sombre Tit

(Parus lugubris)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 10 000 - 20 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution mainly in low mountains and foothills, more dense distribution in the Eastern Stara...

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Spotted Crake

Spotted Crake

(Porzana porzana)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 100 - 400 pairs Distribution pattern Dispersed in the lowland areas throughout the country, mainly along the Black Sea coast, in the Sofia Field, and the former Straldzha...

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Sand Martin

Sand Martin

(Riparia riparia)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 20 000 - 50 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy (especially in the Thracian Plain, the Sofia Field, around Varna) and dispersed distribution. In some areas the...

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Short-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

(Asio flammeus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 5 - 10 pairs Distribution pattern Isolated single localities are known in the Thracian Plain, in South-eastern Bulgaria and in the Danube plain. Probably more breeding sites...

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Slender-billed Gull

Slender-billed Gull

(Larus genei)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 0-6 pairs (2007: 0-2 pairs) Distribution pattern With two breeding sites near the Black Sea, in the hypersaline Atanasovsko and Pomorie Lakes, where the species remain...

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Short-toed Snake-eagle

Short-toed Snake-eagle

(Circaetus gallicus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 204 - 478 pairs (2007: 270 - 320 pairs) Distribution pattern Dispersed and grouped throughout the country, more consistently in the open, dry and abundant in...

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Saker falcon

Saker falcon

(Falco cherrug)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Threatened Population size: 2020: 1-5 pairs (2007: 1-3 pairs) Distribution pattern Currently, a breeding locality is known in the Southern part in Central Bulgaria. In the past are known dispersed isolated...

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Squacco Heron

Squacco Heron

(Ardeola ralloides)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 87-417 pairs (2007: 300–650 pairs) Distribution pattern Relatively rare breeding species with a small population. Dispersed and grouped along the Danube bank, the...

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Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern

(Thalasseus sandvicensis)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 1 300 -2 400 pairs (2007: 300 – 1 300 pairs) Distribution pattern Numerous species, but with strongly localized distribution. Inhabits mainly coastal...

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