Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Crested Lark

(Galerida cristata)

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

Population size: 40 000 – 100 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Everywhere in open fields throughout the country without the areas with vast and dense forests and the very mountainous parts of the higher mountains. Absent in particular-mountainous areas with predominantly hilly relief and limited open spaces such as some parts of the Eastern Rhodopes and the Western frontier 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 on a variety of open fields – pastures, meadows, roadside tree strips and field boundaries, especially on the edges of fields and arable land, waste lands, on dry siliceous grasslands, mesophilic grasslands, steppe and dry calcareous grasslands, orchards, tree and shrub plantations, strips of trees, shrubs and mosaics of them along roads, as well as on the outskirts of towns, villages and industrial zones.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed