Ornithology and Sighting Trip Rare birds in Bulgaria.

Duration: 10 days to choose in September.

This trip is specially designed for fans of the observation of “rare birds”, rare species that are difficult to find in other European countries, or even impossible, but that in Bulgaria they have some specimens. For this the trip makes a circuit through different habitats of Bulgaria: mountains, valleys, black sea coast, and others. We will see the 10 species of woodpeckers that can be found in Bulgaria, He too little owl (Glaucidium passerinum) which is the smallest nocturnal raptor that can be found in Europe, the boreal owl (Aegolius funereus), the gloomy chickadee (Poecile lugubris), saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the royal snipe (Gallinago media) and many others. During the active migration period many other interesting species can be observed.


Cárabo uralense aves raras en Bulgaria

Cárabo uralense © Sven Zacek

During the trip they will be accompanied by a local English-speaking ornithologist guide who is in charge of driving the road transfers and guiding attendees through the best areas and positions for bird watching, places known only to local ornithologists. Below we show you the scheme of the rare bird watching trip in Bulgaria:


esquema del viaje de avistamiento de aves raras en Bulgaria



sofia in cyrillic

Welcome to sofia



This is a typical Itinerary, for this concrete program, but if you want other dates or duration, please ask us your question.

Day 1: Arrival in the capital, Sofia, Pick up travelers at the airport by the English-speaking guide and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Sofia.




Days 2 and 3: Road transfer to the Rhodope Mountains (2 hours approximately), followed by 2 hours of bird watching. We will explore the forested mountains of this area looking for the little owl or pygmy owl (Glaucidium passerinum) , the boreal owl (Aegolius funereus), pico tridáctilo euroasiático (Picoides tridactylus), common grévol (Tetrastes bonasia), medium peak (Leiopicus center), white-backed bill (Dendrocopos leucotos), whistle cano (Peak aging), common grouse (Tetrao urogallus), common nutcracker (Nucifraga caryocatactes), mirlo capiblanco (Sylvia gorilla), …

Accommodation in the city of Velingrad for the following 2 nights.

Glaucidium passerinum / mochuelo chico.

Glaucidium passerinum / little owl.



Mochuelo boreal

Boreal owl



Pico tridáctilo euroasiático Picoides tridactylus

Pico tridáctilo euroasiático Picoides tridactylus


Day 4: After breakfast transfer by road to Burgas (4 hours approximately). We will make a stop at “Besapari hills” to observe the wheatear isabel (Oenanthe isabellina), little shrike (Lanius minor), shrike (Lanius nubicus), black-headed scribe (Emberiza melanocephala), common calender (Melanocorypha calandra), eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca),…
Accommodation in the city of Pomorie for the following 4 nights.



Written by cabecinegro © Emil Enchev


Days 5 al 7: During these 3 days we will enjoy several days of fabulous bird watching in one of the best ornithological destinations in Bulgaria: Burgas wetlands and other habitats on the Black Sea Coast. In these lagoons there are numerous bird watching posts and we will pass through them more than once so as not to miss the changing and rapid migrations of birds from the Bourgas lagoons..

Waders will be everywhere, including rarities like Terek's Sandpiper (Xenus cinereus), archibebe up (Tringa stagnatilis), we correlate zarapitín (Calidris ferruginea), phallophoric phallus (Phalaropus lobatus), we correlated boy (Calidris minutes), we correlate with Temminck (Calidris temminckii), dark archibebe (Tringa erythropus ), black-tailed needle (godwits), colipint needle (Limosa lapponica), great chorlitejo (Charadrius hiaticula), little plover (Charadrius dubius), chorlitejo patinegro (Charadrius alexandrinus), chorlito gris (Pluvialis squatarola), ostrero euroasiático (Haematopus ostralegus), and many other European waders, including rarities such as royal snipe (Gallinago media).


Chorlitejo patinegro © Sergey Panayotov

Chorlitejo patinegro © Sergey Panayotov


We will see other typical birds of the wetlands such as the frowning pelican (Pelecanus crispus) and the white pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), common spatula (Platalea leucorodia), common morito (Plegadis falcinellus), pagaza piconegra (Gelochelidon nilotica), pagaza piquirroja (Hydroprogne caspia), black tern (Chlidonias niger), fumarel aliblanco (Chlidonias leucopterus), fumarel cariblanco (Chlidonias hybridus), caspian gull (Larus cachinnans), black-headed gull (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus), gaviota picofina (Larus genei), cinnamon jar (Tadorna ferruginea), teal reel (Spatula querquedula), brown porrón (Aythya nyroca), common bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), various species of rails, the pygmy cormorant (Microcarbo pygmaeus) and others…


agachadiza real

Royal snipe


Almost all European raptors can be seen here, except the Iberian imperial eagle and the gyrfalcon. In this time of migration we will be able to see the European beekeeper (Pernis apivorus), buzzard buzzard (Buteo buteo), pomeranian eagle (Clanga pomarina), greek hawk (Accipiter brevipes), booted eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus), moorish buzzard (Buteo rufinus), papialbo harrier (Circus macrourus), red-legged kestrel (Falco vespertinus), saker falcon (Falco cherrug). In order to see them we will spend some time in observation posts of raptors.


Halcón sacre

Saker falcon


We will also see passerines like the red-headed flycatcher (small eater), papamoscas semiacorallado (Ficedula semitorquata), Syrian peak (Dendrocopos syriacus), common bill (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), soteño soteño (Emberiza cirlus), grim chickadee (Poecile lugubris), european fly bird (Remiz pendulinus), mustachioed (Panurus biarmicus), red-throated pipit (Anthus cervinus), sallow wagtail (Motacilla citreola), pale zarzero (Iduna pallida), gavilana warbler (Sylvia nisoria), common warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus), curruca zarcerilla (Sylvia curruca ), zarcero icterino (Hippolais icterina), and many more.


lavandera cetrina (Motacilla citreola)

sallow wagtail (Motacilla citreola)


Finally we will visit Cape Emine where we will look for the carmine bullfinch (Carpodacus erythrinus), collalba isabel (Oenanthe isabellina), pia wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka), and the caradriformes.


camachuelo carminoso © aves raras en Bulgaria

carmine bullfinch ©


Cárabo uralense

Cárabo uralense

Day 8: After having an early breakfast we will pack our luggage and leave the hotel. After a road transfer of a few 3 hours towards the center of the country we arrive at the beautiful town of Ribaritsa next to the Central Balkan Mountains. On the way we will make a stop along the road to observe the eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the moorish buzzard (Buteo rufinus), common calender (Melanocorypha calandra), and others.

In the afternoon we will look for the cárabo uralense (Strix uralensis) in the beech forests near the town of Ribaritsa.
Accommodation in the town of Ribaritsa.


Day 9: We will spend the whole day exploring the natural reserve of “Boatin” In search of cárabo uralense (Strix uralensis), one of the most sought after rare birds in Bulgaria. While we look for it we will have the opportunity to see the tawny owl (Strix aluco), white-backed bill (Dendrocopos leucotos), whistle cano (Peak aging), and many other typical forest species.

Rare bird watching in Bulgaria

Brown bear in Bulgaria.


If you are lucky it is also possible to see the brown brown. Although there is a special interest in seeing a bear, or other type of wild fauna of Bulgaria, It would be advisable to spend one more day traveling to look for it conscientiously.




Well into the afternoon we return to Sofia (2 hours by road approximately). Accommodation in hotel in Sofia.


Day 10: Depending on the flight departure time, free time for shopping or visiting the city at your leisure, transfer to the airport and farewell to the guide. Return to the airport of origin.


Catedral ortodoxa de Alexander Nevsky en Sofía

Alexander Nevsky Orthodox Cathedral in Sofia


Note: This is a bird watching trip in which if you want to photograph them you must bring at least one 300 mm and a stable tripod, the “bean bags” can be loaned upon request in advance. In the lakes it would be very useful to carry a wide angle, as well as a zoom of 70-200 . We also do specific trips for nature photographers, ask us.


Rare Bird Watching Trip Prices in Bulgaria.

Pelicano ceñudo © Georgi Slavov

Pelicano ceñudo © Georgi Slavov


Prices including VAT (with local English-speaking guide-ornithologist, transport, hotel and breakfast) :

Reduced price by booking with a minimum of 90 days in advance:

Group of 3 a 5 persons: 1.654,00 € / person

Single room supplement: 170,00 € / person



What includes:

• Reception at Sofia airport upon arrival. • English-speaking ornithologist guide service throughout the program. • Transfers according to itinerary in a vehicle with air conditioning and driver throughout the program. • Fuel costs, parking and tolls. • Accommodation in double use room • Breakfasts. • Entrance fees to nature reserves that require an entrance ticket. • Transfer to Sofia airport on the day of departure. • Administration fees.

What is not included:

• Plane tickets. • Observation material and personal clothing for activities. • Because they are optional for each traveler: Entrance fees to museums, monasteries, iglesias, forts or other attractions. • Optional excursions. • Travel assistance insurance, with own coverage for the activity, nor rescue. • Tips and personal expenses. • Drinks of all kinds, lunches or dinners.

Dates to choose within September. If you cannot travel in September we also have other programs throughout the year, to travel in Spring, Summer e Winter.

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