Great tit, bird of Bulgarian capital


This is a video of a great tit chick hatching while its parents watch.

From Sofia News Agency in Bulgaria:

Great Tit Picked as Bird Symbol of Sofia

March 22, 2012, Thursday

Sofianites have picked the Great Tit (Parus major) as a symbol of the capital.

The poll was conducted in the period January 28 – March 15 and attracted a total of 8600 votes for 12 options.

The Great Tit emerged as the winner with 24% of the votes, followed by the Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) with 20% of the votes and the House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) supported by 16% of the voters.

The poll was launched as part of the “See for the first time: The flying wealth of Bulgaria” project of the Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds financed and supported by the America for Bulgaria foundation.

The winning species will be awarded with a special installation in Sofia’s Southern Park.

The installation will be the starting point for bird-watching routes that are yet to be marked with directional signs and notice boards.

The project, which aims to promote Bulgaria as a destination for eco-tourism and an important ornithological site, is to be completed by early June.

House sparrows in decline in India – Help BNHS survey house sparrows: here.

June 2012. House Sparrows are approaching a six-year high in gardens. Numbers declined sharply in 2006 but are now making a steady recovery. To help the public nurture this upturn, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) has produced a free factsheet: here.

November 2013: The Bulgarian Government is being taken to the European Court of Justice following its failures to protect internationally important nature areas. The European Commission says the Bulgarian Government has not fulfilled its duties under the EU Birds and Habitats Directives, the main pieces of EU nature legislation, which ensure the conservation of important nature areas in Europe: here.

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9 thoughts on “Great tit, bird of Bulgarian capital

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    • I agree!

      By the way, the stated aim is “to promote Bulgaria as a destination for eco-tourism and an important ornithological site”. From a purely commercial point of view, then the Sofia voters maybe did not choose the right birds for that, as their number 1-3 favourites, great tit, Eurasian collared dove and house sparrow, are all common birds in western Europe and people would probably not travel to Bulgaria to see them.

      Eg, red-breasted geese, which winter in Bulgaria much more numerously than in western Europe, might have been a better choice for that. They winter on the Bulgarian coast, not in Sofia.

      • I’ll have to make a red breasted goose and talk about it wintering on the Bulgarian coast. :) It really is a beautiful country – the Rila monastery is a must see!

  2. Hi dou dou, personally I have not been to Bulgaria yet.

    I did see a red-breasted goose: one in a big flock of brent geese, not the big groups I might see on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.

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