Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Common Chiffchaff

(Phylloscopus collybita)

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

Population size: 200 000 – 700 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With almost compact distribution throughout the mountainous territory of the country, in the forested plains of Dobrudzha and Ludogorie, and in the Southern parts of the Danubian Plain. Absent or with isolated sites in the central and western parts of the Danubian Plain, in the Thracian Plain, the Burgas Lowlands, 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 coniferous forests, mixed forests, broad – leaved deciduous forests, rarely – in alluvial and riverine forests and brush, in all cases favouring the areas with dense undergrowth. In the high parts of the mountains abundant in temperate heath and scrub, in particular in the subalpine communities of Pinus mugo. Very common in orchards, tree and shrub plantations, especially – in artificial pine plantations (Pinus sp.). Breeds also in forest type public parks and large gardens, as well as in other parts of the settlements with predominance of woody vegetation (especially coniferous).

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed