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Water Rail

Water Rail

(Rallus aquaticus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 1 000 – 1 800 pairs Distribution pattern Dispersed in the plains in the whole country depending on the presence of wetlands with water vegetation. More grouped along the...

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Woodchat Shrike

Woodchat Shrike

(Lanius senator)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 15 000 - 20 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed uneven distribution throughout the country without the higher mountains. More densely in Southeastern...

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Western Marsh Harrier

Western Marsh Harrier

(Circus aeruginosus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 220 - 240 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy and dispersed distribution in the lower parts in most of the country, more concentrated in the central part of the...

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Wallcreeper

Wallcreeper

(Tichodroma muraria)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 300 - 500 pairs Distribution pattern With limited patchy distribution close to rocky areas with specific exposure and microclimate, mainly in the higher rocky parts of...

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Whinchat

Whinchat

(Saxicola rubetra)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2 500 – 5 000 pairs Distribution pattern With population in mountainous areas and in the plains. The much larger mountainous population has a patchy distribution, covering...

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Willow Tit

Willow Tit

(Parus montanus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 25 000 - 50 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy distribution, concentrated predominantly in the coniferous belt of the high mountains of the Rila-Rhodope Massif,...

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Wood Lark

Wood Lark

(Lullula arborea)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 40 000 - 80 000 pairs Distribution pattern Distributed everywhere in the hilly, low – mountainous and open field areas with sparse forests and shrubs in most of the...

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Western Capercaillie

Western Capercaillie

(Tetrao urogallus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 1 200 – 1 800 calling males Distribution pattern With patchy distribution in the conifer forests belt in some of the high mountains - the Western Rhodopes, Rila, Pirin and...

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White Wagtail

White Wagtail

(Motacilla alba)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 30 000 - 70 000 pairs Distribution pattern Distributed throughout most of the country.Breeding distribution 2013 – 2020 – The distribution and the estimation of the...

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Willow Warbler

Willow Warbler

(Phylloscopus trochilus)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 10 - 50 pairs Distribution pattern With dispersed isolated nests in different parts of the country – both in the plains and in the mountains. Some of the...

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Water Pipit

Water Pipit

(Anthus spinoletta)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 18 000-25 000 pairs Distribution pattern With patchy distribution covering more fully the highest parts of the mountains Rila, Pirin, Stara Planina and Vitosha, and more...

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White-tailed eagle

White-tailed eagle

(Haliaeetus albicilla)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 43-60 pairs (2007: 30-50 pairs) Distribution pattern Breeds mainly on the Danube islands, the southeastern part of the country (mostly in the valleys of the...

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Western Rock-nuthatch

Western Rock-nuthatch

(Sitta neumayer)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 93-185 pairs (2007: 200-500 pairs) Distribution pattern With limited patchy distribution. Higher population density of the species is found in the valleys of the...

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White stork

White stork

(Ciconia ciconia)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 5828 pairs (2007: 4 956 – 5 672 pairs) Distribution pattern Widespread breeding synanthropic species. The white stork breeds almost all over the country, except for...

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White–backed Woodpecker

Whitebacked Woodpecker

(Dendrocopos leucotos)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 818 - 1 388 pairs (2007: 1 200 – 1 700 pairs)   Distribution pattern Widespread in broad-leaved deciduous and mixed primary forests in the mountains. High...

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Whiskered Tern

Whiskered Tern

(Chlidonias hybrida)Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) - Least Concern Population size: 2020: 554 - 2037 pairs (2007: 220 - 800 pairs) Distribution pattern Dispersed and grouped mainly along the Danube River and in the Danubian Plain. With isolated breeding...

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