Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Song Thrush

(Turdus philomelos)

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

Population size: 200 000 – 600 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

Distributed in most of the country, more densely in mountainous and semi-mountainous forest areas. Not so compact in the plains with forests (Ludogorie), shelterbelts or overgrown with trees valleys, river valleys and other areas (Dobrudzha). Absent or with isolated breeding sites in areas dominated by crops and insignificant woody vegetation.

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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 forests and is most numerous in broad-leaved deciduous forests. Large numbers are also found in mixed forests, and often – in coniferous forests (especially located at lower altitudes), in alluvial and riverine forests and brush, and often in artificial plantations. It also breeds in public parks and gardens, in the areas in settlements with a predominance of woody vegetation, and rarely in strips of trees, shrubs and mosaics of them.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed