Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Masked Shrike

(Lanius nubicus)

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

Population size: 200 – 350 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution mainly in Sakar, the Eastern Rhodopes, and Western Strandzha and along the rivers Maritsa, Tundzha and Mesta (including their tributaries) and in the lower parts of the nearby mountains. To the north reaches Rila and Sredna Gora, the southern foothills of the Eastern Stara Planina and Cape Emine. 

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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 mainly in open broad – leaved deciduous forests, often with undergrowth, or in sclerophyllous scrub mixed with single or groups of trees (mainly Quercus sp.), in old or overgrown with bushes orchards, tree and shrub plantations, strips of trees, shrubs and mosaics of them, including those along rivers, public parks and gardens.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed