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Birds Migration in Bulgaria 2024

Have fun watching the autumn and spring migration of a large stream of storks, pelicans, and other birds in Bulgaria

Best time: April–May | August–September

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In Bulgaria, there are 405 species of birds, which is the richest diversity in all of Europe. All this is due to the exceptionally diverse country's landscape and natural protection zones, as well as because of the fact that, in addition to local species, many migratory birds stop here. Two of the largest bird migration routes—Via Pontica and Via Aristotelis—cross through Bulgaria. The best seasons for observing migratory birds are late spring and early autumn.

The most famous places for bird watching are the Black Sea coast, the Srebarna Biosphere Reserve, the Eastern Rhodopes, and coastal swamps near the cities of Durankulak, Shabla.

The reed shores of Lake Srebarna are a place for nesting and wintering for more than 180 species of birds. In the eastern Rhodope Mountains, in the rocky gorge of the Arda River, you will find three different species of nests and countless predatory birds. In the western Rhodopes, in the gorge of Trigrad, there are several rare species of birds, among them the wallcreeper.

On Pomorie Lake, you have a chance to observe a seabird colony. Migratory birds can also be seen on the boggy lands of Bourgas, namely at Lake Atanasovsko and Lake Burgas. Here, there are about 226 species of birds, including endangered species and water-loving species such as herons, pelicans, cormorants, swans, wild ducks, eiders, and others. There are also birds of prey: eagles, falcons, and owls.

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When is the best time to witness bird migration in Bulgaria?

Late spring and early autumn are the two best seasons to observe migratory birds in Bulgaria. The country provides natural protection zones for different species of birds that nest or dwell in its territory. The best time to witness bird migration in Bulgaria is from April to May and August to September since the weather is comfortable, and numerous species of birds stop in different parts of the country. Show more

Where are the most popular places to bird watch in Bulgaria?

The Black Sea coast, Srebarna Biosphere Reserve, Eastern Rhodopes, coastal swamps near Durankulak and Shabla, reed shores of Lake Srebarna, rocky gorge of the Arda River, gorge of Trigrad in the western Rhodopes, Pomorie Lake, Lake Atanasovsko, and Lake Burgas are the most popular places to bird watch in Bulgaria. These areas provide unique locations to witness birds of different varieties and species. Show more

How many species of birds are found in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria boasts of over 405 different species of birds, which is the highest bird diversity in Europe. The country's geographic location and natural protection zones make it a favorite habitat and migratory stop for most birds. Different species of birds nest or dwell in Bulgaria, and its diverse landscape provides an excellent opportunity to witness and appreciate these various species of birds. Show more

What is the significance of the Via Pontica and Via Aristotelis in terms of bird migration?

Bulgaria provides the shortest and most comfortable routes for bird migration between continents through the Via Pontica and Via Aristotelis. These two bird migration routes are significant since they are ecological corridors that provide food, accommodations, and suitable resting places for migratory birds. These routes give different species of birds a direct path and an opportunity to recover from their long journey before proceeding with their migration. Show more

What are some of the unique species of birds found in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is home to numerous species of birds, including some unique ones like the wallcreeper, predatory birds, including eagles, falcons, and owls in the eastern Rhodope Mountains and Dalmatian pelican around Lake Burgas and Lake Atanasovsko. Bourgas, in particular, is home to about 226 bird species, which include endangered water-loving birds such as swans, cormorants, wild ducks, and eiders as well as birds of prey. Show more

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