Atlas of nesting birds in Bulgaria

Yellow Wagtail

(Motacilla flava)

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

Population size: 100 000 – 500 000 pairs

Distribution pattern

With ubiquitous distribution over most of the country, covering its plains, some open areas and valleys in the foothills and some low mountains (Eastern Rhodopes). Absent from the forested and higher parts of the mountains.

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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 in swampy areas along rivers, marshes, dams, irrigation canals and other water bodies with standing fresh waters, standing brackish waters, in wet meadows, pastures and other grass communities on wet terrains. In some areas (Dobrudzha, Danubian plain, Thracian Plain, etc.) abundant in crops and other (annual) grass crops (especially cereals, rice fields, etc.), less often in improved grasslands (perennial grass crops) (alfalfa), in wet areas with grassy vegetation on the outskirts of larger towns, villages and industrial areas.

Trends in population changes for the period 2013-2020

Not analysed


Not analysed