Birding Factoids

393 species
in 51 families

1 of the 5 European
endemics are 
represented here. 
No national endemics
11 endangered species

Checklist of Bulgarian BirdsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality BirdsMap and General Country Information

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Bulgarian Specialities
Black Vulture - Photo copyright Pandion - D
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Red-breasted Goose - Photo copyright Pandion - D

Photo copyright Pandion - D
    ....Srebarna Nature Reserve - a fresh-water lake supplied from the 
      Danube, extending over 600 hectares. It is the breeding home of close to 100 species of birds, many of which are rare or endangered. Some 80 other bird species migrate and seek refuge there every winter.
    ....Birding beyond Hertfordshire: Bulgaria in autumn - 21 species of raptor
      in six days. Joan Thompson has recently returned from Bulgaria where she spent time this autumn watching raptors and other species on their southwards migration. Once renown as the easiest place in Europe for birdwatchers to get arrested (the politically sensitive pickle factory at Burgas now seems to be just a fading folk-myth), the country is now an excellent destination for those wishing to experience eastern European birdwatching. Joan tells of some of her birding experiences there.
    ....Birding in Bulgaria - by Gerard Gorman of Pro-Birder. Mention Bulgaria
      and most birders think of the wetlands of the Black Sea coast. This is because there are some species here, like Paddyfield Warbler, Pied Wheatear and winter flocks of Red-breasted Geese, which are very difficult elsewhere in Europe (neighbouring Romania excepted). 
    ....Bulgaria Filming Trip Highlights - by David Gosney. An illustrated
      report from a filming trip to Bulgaria.
    ....Bulgaria - Directory of Wetlands of International Importance - includes
      information on all Bulgarian Ramsar designated sites, including:
      • Srébarna
      • Arkoutino
      • Atanassovo Lake
      • Durankulak Lake

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Tours and Guides

...>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Bulgarian Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Glossy Ibis - Photo copyright Pandion - D
Photo copyright Pandion - D
    **..PROBIRDER - Professional Birding... for the Birder- Gerard Gorman
      has a decade of experience (over 100 group tours alone) in finding and showing visiting birders from all over the world eastern Europe's special and sought after birds. All types and styles of birding can be catered for, from hard-core listers, twitchers and target birders to those into habitat birding and those with a more relaxed generalist approach. Birding by ear is a speciality and remember Gerard wrote the books that others use (Where to watch birds in Eastern Europe and The Birds of Hungary)! Four new Hungary tours this year! Personal Guiding, Group Arrangements, Itinerary Design, Target Birding All levels of ability and experience catered for.
    **..Pandion - D - Pandion-D is a company, specialized in catering 
      for tourists with special, different interests: birdwatchers, botanists, butterfly-lovers, general nature-lovers, history and culture. Depending on the individual interest, special or mixed tours can be organized. Bulgaria is one of the oldest states in Europe (dating from 681 A.D.) with rich and interesting history and culture. Bulgaria is also one of the countries in the world with the best preserved wild nature. Many famous European birders,  tour -operators and tour leaders consider Bulgaria to be the top European birdwatching country!
    **..Birdwatching Tours - Villa Philadelphia is proud to announce, in 
      conjunction with several internationally known and respected Bulgarian ornithologists, specialized birdwatching tours. Whether be it that you are in search of the Grey-headed Woodpecker or wanting to observe and listen to the dozens of Great Reed Warblers in the early morn, you will be pleasantly surprised with what Bulgaria has to offer.  Even better, you should experience it first hand.  Groups are limited to 8 people providing you with the intimacy required for bird-watching. The ornithologists are enthusiastic, informative and, most importantly, have the knowledge to make your trip a great experience!


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Rare Bird Alert

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European Endemics and Specialities

in Bulgaria

Information on endemics and specialities is derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists and bird distribution lists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.05. Speciality birds, while not endemic, are those that can only be found in three or less countries of Europe. Species printed in bold italic can only be found in Bulgaria. Information on endangered birds is derived from the IUCN Red List, Birdlife International, and supporting data bases developed by Ian Patton, of Merlin Species Watcher.  The endemic, endangered and speciality birds may be uncommon, extremely rare vagrants, may be extirpated in the country now or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of each species noted below have been made in Bulgaria. 

European Endemics in Bulgaria - No national Endemics

___ Rock Partridge
Endangered Birds in Bulgaria

Breeding Birds

Non-Breeding Birds

___ Corn Crake
___ Dalmation Pelican
___ Ferruginous Pochard
___ Imperial Eagle
___ Lesser Kestrel
___ Aquatic Warbler
___ Greater Spotted
___ Eagle
___ Lesser White-fronted
___ Goose
___ Red-breasted Goose
___ Slender-billed Curlew
___ White-headed Duck

Other Notable Birds in Bulgaria
(list provided by Gerard Gorman, author of "Where to Watch Birds in Eastern Europe")

___ Eurasian Black
___ Levant Sparrowhawk
___ Long-legged Buzzard
___ Glossy Ibis
___ Gull-billed Tern
___ Slender-billed Gull
___ Collared Pratincole
___ Sombre Tit

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