Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Barred Warbler

(Sylvia nisoria)

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

Population size: 4 000 – 10 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution throughout the country, more densely along the Black Sea coast, the Eastern Rhodopes, the central part of the Danubian Plain, Lomovete and the valley of Suha Reka in Dobrudzha, the Sofia Field and the adjacent mountain areas, the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta, and other hilly areas and low mountains.

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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 mainly in hotter and dryer places in temperate heath and scrub, in particular in the shrubs growing in lower altitudes like Paliurus spina – Christi, Rosa sp., Crataegus monogina and other species, sometimes in Sclerophyllous scrub with Juniperus oxycedrus, Carpinus orientalis, Rubus sp., etc. Found also in areas covered with bushes within towns, villages and industrial zones.


Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed