Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Little Grebe

(Tachybaptus ruficollis)

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

Population size: 800 – 1900 pairs

Distribution pattern

Found in all lowland and mountainous areas in the country with small wetlands overgrown with higher aquatic vegetation. The main population is concentrated in the Thracian Plain, along the Black Sea and the Danube River, in the Danubian Plain, Sofia Field, and along the valleys of all larger rivers.

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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 species is found mainly in marshes and non-marine waters with water fringe vegetation, in standing fresh waters, in standing brackish waters, as well as in waterlogged areas in towns, villages and industrial zones.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed