Melnik Pyramids

IBA Justification

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2005

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population at site IBA criteria triggered
Calandra Lark Melanocorypha calandra LC resident 1996 200-250 breeding pairs C6
Olive-tree Warbler Hippolais olivetorum LC breeding 1996 10-20 breeding pairs A3
Subalpine Warbler Curruca cantillans LC breeding 1996 150-1,500 breeding pairs A3
Sardinian Warbler Curruca melanocephala LC resident 1996 15-150 breeding pairs A3
Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush Monticola saxatilis LC breeding 1996 11-15 breeding pairs B2
Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica LC breeding 1996 6-50 breeding pairs A3
Black-headed Bunting Emberiza melanocephala LC breeding 1996 120-1,020 breeding pairs A3

Note: The current IUCN Red List category may differ from the category that was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment.

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IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Sreden Pirin - Alibotush Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 68,934 protected area overlaps with site 11,571
Rupite - Strumeshnitsa Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 10,459 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Melnishki piramidi Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 13,580 is identical to site 13,579
Melnishki piramidi Prirodna Zabelezhitelnost 1,166 protected area contained by site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Melnik Pyramids. Downloaded from on 30/05/2023.