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Location Bulgaria
Central coordinates 25o 46.20' East  41o 37.33' North
IBA criteria A1, A3, B2, C1, C6
Area 15,022 ha
Altitude 140 - 743m
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
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  1996  12 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus winter  1996  12-15 individuals  good  A1, C1  Near Threatened 
Eastern Imperial Eagle Aquila heliaca resident  1996  1-2 breeding pairs  good  A1, C1, C6  Vulnerable 
Egyptian Vulture Neophron percnopterus breeding  1996  5 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Endangered 
Burhinus oedicnemus breeding  1996  3-9 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Eurasian Scops-owl Otus scops breeding  1996  46-110 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Masked Shrike Lanius nubicus breeding  1996  2 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum breeding  1996  23-25 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Sardinian Warbler Sylvia melanocephala resident  1996  17-140 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans breeding  1996  90-190 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Western Rock-nuthatch Sitta neumayer resident  1996  3-13 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris winter  1996  1,000-2,000 individuals  good  B3  Least Concern 
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica breeding  1996  16-160 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 
Blue Rock-thrush Monticola solitarius resident  1996  2-10 breeding pairs  medium  B2  Least Concern 
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala breeding  1996  313 breeding pairs  medium  A3  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Arda Bridge - BG0002071 Birds Directive 15,022 is identical to site 15,022  
Rodopi - Iztochni - BG0001032 Habitats Directive 217,353 protected area contains site 15,022  

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