Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern
Population size: 350-430 pairs
With patchy and dispersed distribution, mainly along the Black Sea coast, in the Thracian Plain, along the Danube River and some closely positioned water bodies in the Danubian Plain. Isolated, probably incidental breeding habitats can also be found in other parts of the country.
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 smartbirds.org.
Breeds most often in saltpans or near other shallow water bodies – coastal lagoons and saline terrains with halophytic vegetation, and in more rare occasions – on the banks of standing brackish waters and standing fresh waters, where it builds its nests in the grassy water fringe vegetation.
Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020