Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Spotted Flycatcher

(Muscicapa striata)

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

Population size: 10 000 – 15 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With patchy and dispersed distribution, covering more consistently the Rila-Rhodope Massif (especially the Western Rhodopes), Vitosha and the neighbouring mountains, isolated parts of the Black Sea coast, Stara Planina, Sredna Gora, Strandzha, etc. Dispersed breeding sites in the Eastern Rhodopes, Sakar, the Danubian Plain, the Thracian Plain, etc.

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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 broad – leaved deciduous forests, alluvial and riverine forests and brush, less often – in mixed forests and in coniferous forests. Favours sparse forests with enough space between the branches to catch flying insects, often with dry suitable for perching branches. Breeds also in orchards, tree and bush plantations, public parks and gardens, strips of trees, shrubs and mosaics of them, located usually in forested areas 

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed