Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Eurasian Linnet

(Carduelis cannabina)

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

Population size: 40 000 – 100 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution in most of the country, mainly on open rocky terrains in the foothills and low mountain areas of southern and eastern Bulgaria, but also in karst and steppe regions in the Danubian Plan and Dobrudzha. Absent or with isolated localities in the plains, especially in areas with intensive agriculture and forest cover, including those in the 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 mainly in scrub and grasslands, especially in dry, sunny, stony and grassy areas and pastures with sparse shrubs on slopes, ridges and plains mixed with single or groups of trees or highly sparse groves, always close to grassy areas, wastelands; in old growth or abandoned orchards, tree and bush plantations, and above all in vineyards, gardens, lavender plantations, etc.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed