Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Rufous-tailed Scrub-robin

(Cercotrichas galactotes)

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

Population size: 0-3 pairs

Distribution pattern

Single isolated breeding sites are known, mainly in Eastern Bulgaria and along the Black Sea coast. On the 17th and 18th of July 1990, a fledging recently left the nest was observed near a rocky promontory near Primorsko. In July 1994, a pair feeding their young was observed in the resort of Albena. Adult specimen has been seen on August 1, 1996 south of Sozopol. In the summer of 1999, a pair was observed near the village of Izgrev, Varna District. On April 6, 2001, between the villages of Gergevets and Kamen, Sliven District, one specimen was observed in a biotope suitable for breeding. In the last 10 years, there is no data for definite breeding sites.

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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 sclerophyllous scrub on open hilly areas, including by the seacoast.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed