Melnik Pyramids

IBA Criteria

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 estimate 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: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

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IBA Protection

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap 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 (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Melnik Pyramids. Downloaded from on 08/08/2022.