Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Barn Owl

(Tyto alba)

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

Population size: 500 – 1 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution throughout the country, more dense in the open plains and hilly areas of South-eastern Bulgaria, at some parts of the Thracian Plain and in the Sofia Field, more dispersed in the Danubian Plain, Eastern Rhodopes, along the Black Sea coast, the Fore Balkan, along the Struma Valley, etc. Owing to the species’ quite secretive way of life, the localities shown on the map do not reflect all existing breeding grounds.

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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 towns, villages and industrial zones of different nature, on single buildings or groups of buildings outside settlements.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

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