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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. The National Museum of Natural History in the years around the World War II (1942—1947). — Journal of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 4: 35—40. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. The Moths of the Nigth. — Osem, 9: 104—111. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2018. The Wise Delicacy. — Osem, 8: 110—117. [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. A specimen of little bush moa Anomalopteryx didiformis (Owen, 1844), Emeidae Bonaparte, 1854 from the National Museum of Natural History, Sofia. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 32: 3—5. [PDF]

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


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