Category of conservation concern (IUCN, 2020) – Least Concern
Population size: 800 – 1 200 pairs
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.
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 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