Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Grey Wagtail

(Motacilla cinerea)

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

Population size: 20 000 – 30 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Distributed throughout the territory of almost all mountains, including in their lower parts (Eastern Rhodopes, Eastern Stara Planina, Strandzha, Sakar, etc.), with isolated breeding sites in the Danubian plain and the Thracian Plain.

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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 along mountain fast-flowing rivers and streams with rocks, trees or bushes along their banks. Through them, the species often enters settlements.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

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