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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 24o 7.02' East  41o 51.08' North
IBA criteria B3, C6
Area 125,678 ha
Altitude 467 - 2,185m
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  200-400 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1996  878 males only  good  C6  Least Concern 
European Honey-buzzard Pernis apivorus breeding  1996  9-12 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Pygmy-owl Glaucidium passerinum resident  1996  3-10 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Boreal Owl Aegolius funereus resident  1996  25-35 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
European Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus breeding  1996  120-250 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1996  30-90 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Black Woodpecker Dryocopus martius resident  1996  100-120 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla breeding  1996  12,000-21,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Goldcrest Regulus regulus resident  1996  12,000-25,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula resident  1996  18,000-24,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus resident  1996  4,000-8,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
European Robin Erithacus rubecula resident  1996  9,290-52,900 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs resident  1996  80,000-110,000 breeding pairs  medium  B3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Rodopi - Zapadni - BG0001030 Habitats Directive 271,909 protected area overlaps with site 115,674  
Zapadni Rodopi - BG0002063 Birds Directive 72,229 protected area overlaps with site 58,300  

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