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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 23o 26.52' East  41o 43.10' North
IBA criteria A3, B2, B3, C6
Area 79,245 ha
Altitude 666 - 2,914m
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  86-615 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1996  57-65 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca resident  1996  70-330 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Near Threatened 
Falco peregrinus breeding  1996  5-6 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Common Kestrel Falco tinnunculus resident  1996  64-100 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1996  4 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1998  5-10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1996  32-55 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1996  97-280 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1996  56-84 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Picoides tridactylus resident  1996  6-26 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Picus canus resident  1996  34-56 breeding pairs  medium  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Yellow-billed Chough Pyrrhocorax graculus resident  1996  48-200 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Regulus regulus resident  1996  640-5,990 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Not Recognised 
Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria resident  1996  58-68 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Song Thrush Turdus philomelos breeding  1996  1,820-5,510 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus resident  1996  930-2,860 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
European Robin Erithacus rubecula resident  1996  5,740-27,860 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis breeding  1996  23-53 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Alpine Accentor Prunella collaris breeding  1996  154-390 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Pirin National Park 40,332 protected area contained by site 40,332  
Pirin National Park World Heritage Site 39,278 protected area contained by site 40,067  

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Pirin. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2015

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