Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Short-eared Owl

(Asio flammeus)

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

Population size: 5 – 10 pairs

Distribution pattern

Isolated single localities are known in the Thracian Plain, in South-eastern Bulgaria and in the Danube plain. Probably more breeding sites shall be discovered.

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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


Single individuals and pairs were observed in wetlands or open spaces near grass communities in wetlands, bogs and marshes, in particular in riparian and spring wetlands and water fringe vegetation in water bodies, as well as in rice paddies.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed