Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria


(Sylvia atricapilla)

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

Population size: 500 000 – 800 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Distributed almost everywhere in the country, with the exception of the high mountain zones over the tree lines and some treeless lowlands of the Danubian plain, the Thracian Plain, the Burgas lowland, etc.

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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 more humid broad – leaved deciduous forests with rich undergrowth and shrubs, in temperate heath and scrub (especially those in humid ravines and small valleys), also in alluvial and riverine forests and brush. It is less common in mixed forests and in coniferous forests. In places numerous in strips of trees, shrubs and mosaics of them, especially in their denser parts, in overgrown with bushes orchards, tree and bush plantations, in public parks and large gardens and in other parts of towns, villages, and industrial zones.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed