Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Pallid Swift

(Apus pallidus)

Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern

Population size: 2 000 – 4 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Mainly in Southern Bulgaria, densely covering the Rila – Rhodopes Massif, Vitosha, Sofia and Central Stara Planina, and dispersed in the Thracian Plain, Eastern Stara Planina, the Western frontier mountains, Sakar, etc. In Northern Bulgaria, the species can be found as far as the Danube River.

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Breeding distribution 2013 – 2020 – The distribution and the estimation of the population size of the species for the period 2013 – 2020 is presented –

Comparative distribution of the species compared to the first breeding birds atlas (Iankov, 2007): Breeding locality until 2007 | Breeding locality until 2007, confirmed after 2015 – | New breeding locality after 2015. – The breeding localities after 2015 are identified on a base of raw data from


Breeds in towns, villages and industrial zones. Apart from the central parts of large and small towns and villages, it also breeds in small mountain resorts and on single buildings (especially cabins) in and above the coniferous belt in the mountains, often at high altitudes.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed