Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Baillon’s Crake

(Zapornia pusilla)

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

Population size: 50 – 100 pairs

Distribution pattern

Dispersed with isolated breeding habitats, close to one another around Burgas, at the Northern Black Sea coast, in the Sofia Field and the former Straldzha Marsh, and at a distance from each other along the River Danube, the Thracian Plain, in Dobrudzha, Strandzha, and the Choklyovo Marsh. There may be habitats in other places in the country that have remained unidentified due to the the secretive behaviour and short calling season of the species. Distribution probably varies significantly in different years.

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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 exclusively in various bogs and marshes (with waterfringe vegetation), especially with wet meadows on their periphery.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

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