Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Black-winged Stilt

(Himantopus himantopus)

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

Population size: 350-430 pairs

Distribution pattern

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.

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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 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

Not analysed


Not analysed