Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern
Population size: 10 000 – 40 000 pairs
With patchy distribution favouring the coniferous belt of the Rila-Rhodope Massif, Vitosha, Western and Central Stara Planina, where the easternmost breeding sites of the species are found in the country.
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 smartbirds.org.
Breeds almost entirely in coniferous forests, in communities of Picea abies, Abies Alba, Pinus heldreichii, P. sylvestris and P. peuce. Less common in mixed forests, mainly in communities of Fagus sylvatica mixed with coniferous species.
Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020