Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Lesser Grey Shrike

(Lanius minor)

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

Population size: 5 000 – 15 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution in all lower and treeless areas, more densely populated in the northern and eastern part of the country. Absent from the forested areas in the middle and high parts of 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 in open areas and pastures with scattered rare trees and shrubs or small artificial plantations among them; edges of deciduous forests bordering pastures; in strips of old roadside trees along roads, along rivers and in shelter belts, orchards, tree and bush plantations, especially in abandoned vineyards, etc. Inhabits large areas with cereals and areas with extensive agriculture, including improved grasslands (perennial grasses), wastelands, found in the outskirts of towns, villages and industrial areas.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed