Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern
Population size: 80 000 – 120 000 pairs
With patchy distribution, covering the entire mountainous part of the country, including the lower mountains. With located in neighbouring squares or dispersed breeding sites also in some forested areas in the Danubian plain, the Thracian Plain, etc.
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 smartbirds.org.
Breeds almost exclusively in forests, mainly in broad-leaved deciduous forests (especially such of Fagus sylvatica), in coniferous forests (Picea abies, Pinus sylvestris, P. peuce, and P. heldreichii), mixed forests and alluvial and riverine forests and brush. Rarely in forested areas in the outskirts of mountain settlements at higher altitudes.
Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020