Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Sardinian Warbler

(Sylvia melanocephala)

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

Population size: 800 – 1 200 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy distribution, more compact in the Eastern Rhodopes and in the valleys of the rivers Struma and Mesta with the adjacent parts of the surrounding mountains. It is rarer in Sakar, the Derventa Hills, the Thracian Plain, and Eastern Stara Planina and along the Black Sea coast.

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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 Sclerophyllous scrub – xerothermic communities with predominance of Juniperus oxycedrus, but also in bushes of Paliurus spina – Christi, Carpinus orientalis, etc., with single low trees (most often Quercus sp.). Rarely breeds in sprout, very sparse broad – leaved deciduous forests with abundant shrubs, as well as in abandoned and overgrown with bushes orchards.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed