IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2005 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
Common Quail Coturnix coturnix LC breeding 2004 330-1,490 breeding pairs B2
White Stork Ciconia ciconia LC breeding 2004 66 breeding pairs B2, C6
Western Marsh-harrier Circus aeruginosus LC resident 1998 8 breeding pairs C6
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus LC resident 1998 12 breeding pairs C6
Levant Sparrowhawk Accipiter brevipes LC breeding 2005 4 breeding pairs C6
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster LC breeding 2005 325-2,280 breeding pairs B2
European Roller Coracias garrulus LC breeding 1998 24-130 breeding pairs B2, C6
Syrian Woodpecker Dendrocopos syriacus LC resident 1998 134-1,230 breeding pairs B3, C6
Red-footed Falcon Falco vespertinus VU breeding 1997 30-38 breeding pairs B2, C6
Lesser Grey Shrike Lanius minor LC breeding 1998 95-200 breeding pairs B2, C6
Greater Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla LC breeding 2004 11-108 breeding pairs C6
Eurasian Skylark Alauda arvensis LC resident 2005 39,100-56,640 breeding pairs B2
Tawny Pipit Anthus campestris LC breeding 2004 38-130 breeding pairs C6
Ortolan Bunting Emberiza hortulana LC breeding 2004 950 breeding pairs C6

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2005).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Zlatiyata Special Protection Area (Birds Directive) 43,499 is identical to site 43,494
Zlatia Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 3,195 protected area contained by site 3,195
Tsibar Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 2,972 protected area overlaps with site 156
Reka Ogosta Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 1,366 protected area overlaps with site 168
Kozloduy Site of Community Importance (Habitats Directive) 125 protected area contained by site 125
Koritata Zashtitena Mestnost 2 protected area overlaps with site 0
Ibisha Island Ramsar Site, Wetland of International Importance 3,365 protected area overlaps with site 0
Daneva mogila Zashtitena Mestnost 5 protected area contained by site 0


Habitat (IUCN level 1) Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Rocky areas (eg. inland cliffs, mountain peaks) Inland cliffs -
For more information about the IUCN Habitat classification, please click here.

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
urban/industrial/transport -

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Zlatiata. Downloaded from on 04/10/2023.