Fauna, Zoogeography, and Ecology of Birds in Bulgaria

  • Zlatozar Boev
  • Boyan Milchev
  • Vasil Popov
Part of the Monographiae Biologicae book series (MOBI, volume 82)

Abstract

This paper is the first overview and evaluation of the exploration (1744 to present), composition (records of 96 Neogene taxa, 160 Pleistocene taxa, and 399 recent species), formation (since the Middle Miocene), and recent development of the Bulgarian bird fauna. We discuss composition and changes of the recent avifauna; changes in the composition of the breeding species in the last 100 years; species, which have disappeared or are declining; species with extended breeding range; and new species recently recorded for Bulgaria. We also outline the importance of the Bulgarian territory for the migration and wintering of the birds in Europe, the migration routes, wintering grounds, and the network of the Important Bird Areas. A classification of the avian assemblages in Bulgaria is given using the two-way indicator species analysis, while the application of the ordination-correspondence analysis allowed to study the spatial differentiation of the recent breeding avifauna, and to characterize the bird communities of the main landscapes in Bulgaria

Keywords

Europe Holocene Miocene Excavation Pleistocene 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zlatozar Boev
    • 1
  • Boyan Milchev
    • 2
  • Vasil Popov
    • 3
  1. 1.National Museum of Natural HistoryBulgarian Academy of SciencesTsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 1, 1000 SofiaBulgaria
  2. 2.Wildlife Management DepartmentUniversity of ForestryKliment Ohridski Blvd. 10, 1756 SofiaBulgaria
  3. 3.Institute of ZoologyBulgarian Academy of SciencesTsar Osvoboditel Blvd. 1, 1000 SofiaBulgaria

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