Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria


(Turdus pilaris)

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

Population size: 0 – 5 pairs

Distribution pattern

Extremely rare, probably irregularly nesting species. Recorded as breeding species only once in Bulgaria. On June 14-21, 1993, a nest with young, fed by their parents, was found in the area of the Shabla Residence (near the Shabla Lake). In recent years, it has been observed during the breeding season in the Rila Mountain.

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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


The nest was found in artificial plantation of hybrid poplars (orchards, tree and bush plantations), but it is more likely to be found in conifers and mixed forests in the mountains.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

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