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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 23o 31.30' East  42o 6.47' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C6
Area 143,733 ha
Altitude 683 - 2,899m
Year of IBA assessment 2005

Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds



Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1996  400-650 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1996  250-350 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1996  8 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  6 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1996  20-35 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1996  50-60 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1996  150-300 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1996  60-80 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1996  85-100 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1996  35-50 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  220-300 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla breeding  1996  25,000-40,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Goldcrest Regulus regulus resident  1996  7,500-12,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996  60-90 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula resident  1996  15,000-22,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos breeding  1996  8,000-14,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus resident  1996  6,500-9,500 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
European Robin Erithacus rubecula resident  1996  40,000-60,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1996  50-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeding  1996  2,200-2,500 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs resident  1996  65,000-95,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Linnet Carduelis cannabina resident  1996  600-1,200 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rila - BG0000495 Birds Directive 81,046 protected area contained by site 81,046  
Rilski manastir - BG0000496 Habitats Directive 25,834 protected area contained by site 25,834  

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