Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Red-crested Pochard

(Netta rufina)

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

Population size: 0 – 1 pairs

Distribution pattern

After 1990, during the breeding season the species is observed in four wetlands. On May 24, 1993 at the marsh near the camping Europe, (west from Pomorie) a male bird was seen, keeping to the area. In 1998, information was received for probable breeding at Durankulak Lake. On May 20, 2002, one pair was observed in the Zvanitchevo fishponds. On June 08, 2005, one pair was also seen in Srebarna Lake. In recent years, during the breeding season, pairs have been registered in the Protected Areas Poda and Lake Srebarna.

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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


In lagoons, standing fresh and brackish waters, as well as in swamps with water fringe vegetation. The existence of the species is heavily dependent on the existence of Chara algae.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed