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Bulgaria is a birding paradise.
A great place for bird watching holidays abroad.


Bulgaria is one of the most strategically important places in Europe for all-year-round bird observation. Throughout the year Bulgaria plays host to a variety of bird species from waders, mountain bird and meadow birds and waterfowl to passerines and raptors. See here for a listing.

Bulgaria has a great variety of habitats, mainly because it is at the end of the natural bottle-neck which is formed by the Via Pontica - the second biggest migratory route in Europe, creating superb conditions for bird watching all-year-round.

The landscape of Bulgaria is very variable. The plains and marshes of the Danube and Maritsa rivers and Black Sea coastline give a great possibility of getting all the European herons, as well as Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis and Little Bitterns. The dozens of reserves around Bulgaria and the many natural areas with their variety of landscape, plants and insects mark Bulgaria out as a leading European country for birding holidays.

The best time to visit Bulgaria on a bird watching holiday is in Spring, with an average of 220-230 species, including many bird rarities, you are sure to be able to tick more birds off your birding checklist.

Bulgaria in winter is one of the best European countries for birding, as it plays hosts to Red-breasted and White Fronted Geese and there is a good chance of spotting Lesser White-fronted Geese and rare European Ducks.

The Geshaview village is ideally located in central Bulgaria for a bird watching holiday.
BIRDWATCHING LINKS

BirdingPal
Website where travelling birders can find local contacts and birding information in Bulgaria www.birdingpal.org

Birds in Bulgaria
On-line bird guide. Each species has a brief description, pictures of the species in its natural environment and its habitat. www.birdsinbulgaria.org

The Bulgarian Society for the Protection of Birds
Bulgaria’s first and largest non-governmental organization dedicated to biodiversity conservation in the modern era. www.bspb.org

Wikipedia
Comprehensive list of the birds of Bulgaria
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_birds_of_Bulgaria

Central Balkan National Park
Lies in the heart of Bulgaria, nestled in the central and higher portions of the Balkan Range. www.visitcentralbalkan.net

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Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter - ideal for all-year-round bird watching.

Bulgaria has over 400 species of birds that can be seen throughout the year. Some can be observed all-year-round, others are so rare, that not many bird watchers have been lucky enough to see them.

Birds that can be found in Bulgaria:
• African Stonechat • Alpine Accentor • Alpine Swift • Aquatic Warbler • Arctic Warbler • Audouin’s Gull • Baillon’s Crake • Barn Swallow • Barred Warbler • Bearded Reedling • Bearded Vulture • Blackcap • Black-crowned Night Heron • Black-eared Wheatear • Black Grouse • Black-headed Bunting • Black-headed Gull • Black Kite • Black-necked Grebe • Black Redstart • Black Stork • Black-tailed Godwit • Black Tern • Black-winged Kite • Black-winged Pratincole • Black-winged Stilt • Black Woodpecker • Blue-headed Wagtail • Blue Rock Thrush • Bluethroat • Blue Tit • Blyth’s Reed-warbler • Bohemian Waxwing • Bonelli’s Eagle• Booted Eagle • Brambling • Calandra Lark • Caspian Plover • Caspian Tern • Cattle Egret • Cetti’s Warbler • Chaffinch • Chukar • Cirl Bunting • Citrine Wagtail • Coal Tit • Collared Flycatcher • Collared Pratincole • Common Barn Owl • Common Blackbird • Common Buzzard • Common Chiffchaff • Common Crane • Common Crossbill • Common Cuckoo • Common Firecrest • Common Gull • Common Kestrel • Common Kingfisher • Common Moorhen • Common Pheasant • Common Pochard • Common Quail • Common Raven • Common Redpoll • Common Redshank • Common Redstart • Common Rosefinch •Common Sandpiper • Common Shag • Common Shelduck • Common Snipe •Common Spoonbill • Common Swift • Common Teal •Common Tern • Common Treecreeper • Corn Crake • Cory’s Shearwater • Crag Martin • Crested Lark • Crested Tit • Cretzschmar’s Bunting • Dalmatian Pelican • Dark-throated Thrush • Demoiselle Crane • Desert Finch • Dunnock • Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler • Eastern Imperial Eagle • Egyptian Vulture • Eleonora’s Falcon • Eurasian Black Vulture • Eurasian Bullfinch • Eurasian Collared Dove • Eurasian Coot • Eurasian Curlew • Eurasian Dotterel • Eurasian Eagle Owl • Eurasian Golden Plover • Eurasian Hobby • Eurasian Jay • Eurasian Nuthatch • Eurasian Oystercatcher • Eurasian Pygmy-owl • Eurasian Reed Warbler • Eurasian Siskin • Eurasian Sparrowhawk • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker • Eurasian Wigeon • Eurasian Woodcock • Eurasian Wryneck • European Bee-eater • European Goldfinch • European Greenfinch • European Magpie • European Nightjar • European Penduline Tit • European Pied Flycatcher • European Robin • European Roller • European Scops Owl • European Serin • European Starling • Falcated Duck •Ferruginous Duck • Fieldfare • Gadwall • Garden Warbler • Garganey • Glossy Ibis • Goldcrest • Golden Eagle • Golden Oriole • Golden Oriole • Goshawk • Grasshopper Warbler • Great Bittern • Great Black-backed Gull • Great Bustard • Great Cormorant • Great Crested Grebe • Great Egret • Greater Sand Plover • Greater Short-toed Lark • Greater Spotted Eagle • Great Grey Shrike • Great Reed-warbler • Great Snipe • Great Spotted Cuckoo • Great Spotted Woodpecker • Great Tit • Great White Pelican • Greenish Warbler • Green Woodpecker • Grey Bunting • Grey-headed Woodpecker • Grey Heron • Greylag Goose • Grey Partridge • Grey Plover • Grey Wagtail • Griffon Vulture • Gull-billed Tern • Hawfinch • Hazel Grouse • Hen Harrier • Herring Gull • Honey Buzzard • Hooded Crow • House Martin • House Sparrow • Icterine Warbler • Isabelline Wheatear • Jackdaw • Kentish Plover • Lanner Falcon • Laughing Dove • Lesser Grey Shrike • Lesser Kestrel • Lesser Short-toed Lark • Lesser Spotted Eagle • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker • Lesser Whitethroat • Levant Sparrowhawk • Linnet • Little Bittern • Little Bustard • Little Crake • Little Egret • Little Grebe • Little Gull • Little Owl • Little Ringed Plover • Little Tern • Long-eared Owl • Long-tailed Tit • Madagascar Bee-eater • Mallard • Mandarin Duck • Marbled Duck • Marsh Tit • Marsh Warbler • Masked Shrike • Meadow Pipit • Mediterranean Gull • Merlin • Middle Spotted Woodpecker • Mistle Thrush • Montagu’s Harrier • Moustached Warbler • Mute Swan • Nightingale • Northern Lapwing • Northern Pintail • Northern Shoveler • Northern Wheatear • Olivaceous Warbler • Olive-tree Warbler • Orphean Warbler • Ortolan Bunting • Osprey • Paddyfield Warbler • Pallas’s Sandgrouse • Pallid Harrier • Pallid Swift • Peregrine Falcon • Pied Avocet • Pied Wheatear • Pine Bunting • Purple Heron • Pygmy Cormorant • Red-backed Shrike • Red-billed Chough • Red-breasted Flycatcher • Red-crested Pochard • Red-footed Falcon • Red Kite • Red-necked Grebe • Red-rumped Swallow • Red-throated Pipit • Redwing • Reed Bunting • Richard’s Pipit • Ringed Plover • Ring Ouzel • River Warbler • Rock Bunting • Rock Partridge • Rock Pigeon • Rock Sparrow • Rook • Rosy Starling • Ruddy Shelduck • Ruddy Turnstone • Ruff • Rufous Bush Robin • Rufous-tailed Rock Thrush • Rustic Bunting • Saker Falcon • Sanderling • Sand Martin • Sandwich Tern • Sardinian Warbler • Savi’s Warbler • Sedge Warbler • Semi-collared Flycatcher • Shore Lark • Short-eared Owl • Short-toed Eagle • Short-toed Treecreeper • Skylark • Slavonian Grebe • Slender-billed Gull • Snow Bunting • Sociable Lapwing • Sombre Tit • Song Thrush • Spanish Sparrow • Spotted Crake • Spotted Flycatcher • Spotted Nutcracker • Spur-winged Plover • Squacco Heron • Steppe Eagle • Stock Pigeon • Streaked Fantail Warbler • Subalpine Warbler • Syrian Woodpecker • Tawny Owl • Tawny Pipit • Tengmalm’s Owl • Terek Sandpiper • Thrush Nightingale • Tree Pipit • Tree Sparrow • Turtle Dove • Twite • Ural Owl • Wallcreeper • Water Pipit • Water Rail • Western Capercaillie • Western Marsh Harrier • Western Rock Nuthatch • Whinchat • Whiskered Tern • White-backed Woodpecker • White-fronted Goose • White’s Thrush • White Stork • White-tailed Eagle • White-tailed Lapwing • Whitethroat • White-throated Dipper • White Wagtail • White-winged Lark • White-winged Snowfinch • White-winged Tern • Willow Tit • Willow Warbler • Winter Wren • Woodchat Shrike • Woodlark • Wood Pigeon • Wood Warbler • Yellow-billed Chough • Yellowhammer • Yellow-legged Gull

Birds that can be found in Bulgaria in Spring are:
• Barred Warbler • Black-headed Bunting • Black headed Yellow Wagtail • Black Stork • Black Vulture • Booted Eagle • Calandra Lark • Chukar • Dalmatian Pelican • Eagle Owl • Eastern Imperial Eagle • Egyptian Vulture • European Roller • Ferruginous Duck • Glossy Ibis • Golden Eagle • Griffon Vulture • Hoopoe Lark • Isabelline Wheatear • Lesser spotted Eagle • Levant Sparrowhawk • Lesser Grey Shrike • Little Crake • Long-legged buzzard • Masked Shrike • Olivaceous Warbler • Ortolan Bunting • Paddyfield Warbler • Pallid Swift • Pied Wheater • Pygmy Cormorant • Red-footed Falcon • Red-rumped Swallow • Rock Nuthatch • Rose-coloured Starling • Scops Owl • Semi-collared Flycatcher • Short-toed Eagle • Slender-billed Gull • Sombre Tit • Spoonbill • Spotted Crake • Wallcreeper • White-tailed Eagle

Birds that can be found in Bulgaria in Autumn are:
• Bewick’s Swan • Black Stork • Booted Eagle • Dalmatian Pelican • Common Buzzard • Hobby • Honey Buzzard • Lesser Spotted Eagle • Levant Sparrow Hawk • Pallid Harrier • Red Footed Falcon • Short-toed Eagle • White Pelican • White Stork • Plus many other rare species such as: • Larks • Pipits • Swallows • Wagtails

Birds that can be found in Bulgaria in Winter are:
• Arctic Skua • Barnacle Goose • Bean Goose • Black-throated Diver • Brent Goose • Common Eider • Common Goldeneye • Common Merganser • Common Scoter • Dalmatian Pelican • Great White Egret • Greater Scaup • Great Black-headed Gull • Great Northern Diver • Great Skua • Green Sandpiper • Lapland Bunting • Lesser White-fronted Goose • Jack Snipe • Lesser Black-backed Gull • Long-legged Buzzard • Long-tailed Duck • Long-tailed Skua • Pink-footed Goose • Pomarine Skua • Red-breasted Goose • Red-breasted Merganser • Red-throated Diver • Rough-legged Buzzard • Slender-billed Curlew • Smew • Snow Goose • Spotted Redshank • Tufted Duck • Tundra Swan • Velvet Scoter • White Fronted Goose • White Headed Duck • Whooper Swan