Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria


(Regulus ignicapilla)

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

Population size: 10 000 – 40 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

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.

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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 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

Not analysed


Not analysed