Ornithology Trip and Sighting of 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 in Bulgaria they have some specimens. For this the trip makes a circuit through different habitats of Bulgaria: mountains, fences, 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 night raptor that can be found in Europe, he boreal owl (Aegolius funereus), the gloomy tit (Poecile lugubris), the saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the real 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 responsible for driving on road transfers and guiding attendees through the best areas and posts for bird watching, places known only to local ornithologists. Below we show you the outline of the rare bird watching trip in Bulgaria to 2020:


esquema del viaje de avistamiento de aves raras en Bulgaria



sofia in Cyrillic

Welcome to Sofia



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

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




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

Accommodation in the city of Velingrad during 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 collalba isabel (Oenanthe isabellina), small shrike (Lanius minor), cubic shrike (Lanius nubicus), black-headed scribe (Emberiza melanocephala), common calender (Melanocorypha grille), eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca),…
Accommodation in the city of Pomorie during the following 4 nights.



Escribano cabecinegro © Emil Enchev


Days 5 to the 7: During these 3 days we will enjoy several days of fabulous bird sightings 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 birdwatching posts and we will pass through them more than once so as not to miss the changing and rapid migrations of the birds of the Burgás lagoons..

Shorebirds will be everywhere, including oddities like Terek's ditches (Xenu cinereus), archibebe up (Tringa stagnatilis), we correlate zarapitín (Calidris ferruginea), phallophore (Phalaropus lobatus), we correlated boy (Calidris minutes), we correlate with Temminck (Calidris temminckii), dark archbear (Tringa erythropus ), black-tailed needle (godwits), colipinta needle (Limosa lapponica), great chorlitejo (Charadrius hiaticula), little plover (Charadrius dubius), chorlitejo patinegro (Alexandria Charadrios), chorlito gris (Pluvialis squatarola), ostrero euroasiático (Haematopus ostralegus), and many other European shorebirds, including oddities like real snipe (Gallinago media).


Chorlitejo patinegro © Sergey Panayotov

Chorlitejo patinegro © Sergey Panayotov


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


agachadiza real



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


Halcón sacre



We will also see passerines like the red-bellied flycatcher (Small eater), papamoscas semiacorallado (Ficedula semitorquata), syrian peak (Dendrocopos syriacus), common ptarmigan (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), scribe soteño (Emberiza cirlus), dingy titmouse (Poecile lugubris), european flybird (Remiz pendulinus), mustachioed (Panurus biarmicus), red-throated pipit (Anthus cervinus), sallow wagtail (Motacilla citreola), pale wattle (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), collalba pía (Oenanthe pleschanka), and the caradriforms.


camachuelo carminoso © aves raras en Bulgaria

carmine bullfinch ©


Cárabo uralense

Cárabo uralense

Day 8: After having an early breakfast we will pack and leave the hotel. After a road transfer of some 3 hours towards the center of the country we arrive at the beautiful town of Ribaritsa next to the Cordillera de Los Balcanes Centrales. Along the way we will make a stop along the road to observe the eastern imperial eagle (Aquila heliaca), the saker falcon (Falco cherrug), the moorish buzzard (Buteo rufinus), common calender (Melanocorypha grille), 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 nature reserve of “Boatin” In search of cárabo uralense (Strix uralensis), one of the most wanted rare birds in Bulgaria. While we are looking for it we will have the opportunity to see the common tawny owl (Strix aluco), white-backed beak (Dendrocopos leucotos), whistle (Pico aging), and many other typical forest species.

Rare bird watching in Bulgaria

Very brown


If you are lucky it is also possible to see the brown skin.

Late in the afternoon we return to Sofia (2 hours by road approximately). Hotel accommodation in Sofia.



Day 10: Depending on the time of departure, free time for shopping or visiting the city at your leisure, transfer to the airport and farewell of 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 birding trip in which if desired photograph should carry at least lenses 300 mm and a stable tripod, the “bean bags” can be borrowed upon request in advance. In lakes it would be very useful to carry a wide angle, and a zoom of 70-200 . We also make specific trips for nature photographers, contact us.



Prices of the rare bird watching trip in Bulgaria.

Pelican ceñudo © Georgi Slavov

Pelican ceñudo © Georgi Slavov



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

Single room supplement: 170,00 € / person




What includes:

• Reception at Sofia airport on arrival. • English speaking ornithologist guide service throughout the program. • Transfers as per itinerary in air-conditioned car with driver throughout the program. • fuel costs, parking and tolls. • Accommodation in double use • Breakfast. • Entrances to natural reserves that require an entrance ticket. • Transfer to Sofia airport on day of departure. • Administration fees.

What is not included:

• Plane tickets. • Material observation and personal clothing for activities. • Because it is optional for every traveler: Tickets to museums, monasteries, iglesias, fortresses or other attractions. • Optional excursions. • Travel Assistance Insurance, with own toppings for activity, or rescue. • Tips and personal expenses. • The beverages of all kinds, lunch or dinner.

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

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