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Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist, head of Vertebrates Department. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev
Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist, head of Vertebrates Department. Photo: (c) S. Abadjiev

Zlatozar Boev

(Professor DSc)
phone: (+359 87) 7089048; e-mail:

Born: 20 October 1955, Sofia.
Education: Sofia University ‘St. Kliment Ohridski’ (1980).
Speciality: zoology.

Research interests


Palaeornithology; archaeornithology; evolution of birds and palaeoavifaunas; bone and external morphology of birds; disappearance and extinction of avian taxa; history of zoology, ornithology, palaeontology and natural science collections.


Current projects


Action plan for conservation of Egyptian vulture Neophron percnopterus in Bulgaria. Bulgarian society for the protection of birds (2009—2018)
Urgent measures to secure survival of the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus) in Bulgaria and Greece. LIFE10/NAT/BG/000152, Programme LIFE+ of the European Commission (2013—2014)
Zooarchaeological study of the ‘Forum Serdica’ based on the remains of vertebrates from the center of Sofia (4—19 BC) (2015—2018)
The Aurochs (Bos primigenius Bojanos, 1827) (Artiodactyla, Mammalia) in the Nature and Culture of Bulgaria
‘Thracians — Genesis and Ethnic Development, Cultural Identities, Civilization Interactions and Heritage of Antiquity’ — Study of animal osteological materials (wild and domestic) from Neolithic to Late Middle Ages in order to search for continuity
Late Pleistocene avifauna of the Pešturina Cave (Nišava District, SE Serbia)
History of the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Most recent publications


Plachiyski, D., Popgeorgiev, G., Avramov, S., Boev, Z., 2018. The Balkan Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus rudolfi Dombrowski, 1912 (Galliformes: Phasianidae): Distribution History and Current Status in Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 70 (1): 101—111. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Green Giants. — Osem, 6: 94—101. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Wingless fliers. — Osem, 4: 68—75. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Birdlife of the Devetashka Cave. — Priroda, BAS, 1: 46—52. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. National Museum of Natural History in the period 1942—1947 — its difficult recovery, racking development. — In: Cultural memory through time and space. Selected works, dedicated to the 65th anniversary of Prof. Dr. Sc. Art Simeon Nedkov. Publ. House of the Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'. Sofia, 149—157. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Birds in everyday life and art in Bulgaria (Thracian and Roman periods). — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 27: 3—39. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Subfossil fauna from ‘Forum Serdica’ (Sofia City, Bulgaria) of Antiquity (2nd—4th century AD) and Ottoman Epoch (15th—18th century AD) (Excavations 2017). — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum — Plovdiv, 3: 7—13. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Bulgarian Names of Domestic Animals in the Balkan Peninsula and Their Correspondences in the Scientific Literature. — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum — Plovdiv, 3: 1—5. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. Fossil and subfossil record of vertebrate animals (Vertebrata J.-B. Lamarck, 1801) along the Western Black Sea Coast (Bulgaria). — In: Peev, D. et al. (eds). Proceedings of the First European Symposium 'Research, Conservation and Management of Biodiversity of European Seashores' (RCMBES). Acta zoologica bulgarica, Suppl. 11: 105—110. [PDF]

Boev, N., Boev, Z., 2018. Aurochs (Bos primigenius Bojanos, 1827) (Artiodactyla — Mammalia) in the nature and culture of Bulgaria. — ZooNotes. Supplement 5. ISSN 1313-9916. Plovdiv University Press “Paisii Hilendarski”. Plovdiv, 1—120. www.zoonotes.bio.uni-plovdiv.bg. [PDF]


More complete list of publications — section e-Natura | Staff publications