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Dr Petar Shurulinkov. Photo: (c) Lyubomila Krivoshieva (Green Balkans)
Dr Petar Shurulinkov. Photo: (c) Lyubomila Krivoshieva (Green Balkans)

Petar Shurulinkov

(Associate Professor Dr)
phone: (+359 2) 9885115 (ext. 644); e-mail:

Born: 25 December 1975, Sofia.


Secondary education: NPMG Academician L. Chakalov, Sofia
MSc (Biology), speciality ‘Zoology of vertebrates and anthropology’ (1993—1998): Sofia University
Dr (Zoology) (2000—2003): Institute of Zoology — BAS

Research interests

Ornithology — Fauna, ecology and evolution of birds. Migration of birds. Studies on birds — glacial relicts in the mountains of Bulgaria. Trends in the number of bird populations in Bulgaria.

Parasitology — Blood cell parasites of birds. Fauna and distribution of haemosporidians in Bulgaria. Influence of various factors on the infection prevalence of birds with haemosporidians. Influence of haemosporidians on wild birds and on the migration in the migratory species.

Nature conservation — Protection of birds. Legislation, protected areas for bird conservation and their habitats.

Current projects

Development of scientific potential in the field of faunistic diversity and nature protection
PBG-0031-FM-EEA — ‘Status and prospects of the population of ordinary chestnut (Castanea sativa Mill.) in Belasitsa: adaptation to climate change; maintaining biodiversity and sustainable management of ecosystems’, IG—BAS leader Assoc. Prof. Dr Tsvetan Zlatanov, funded by the European Economic Area
Studies on the populations of rare and endangered woodpeckers and owls in Batashka Mountain — funded by ‘Bikearea’ and BBF
Preparation of action plan for wood grouse in Bulgaria. BBF
Mapping of localities and assessment of populations of rare species of protected birds (T. urogallus, B. bonasia, A. funereus, G. passerinum, P. tridactylus, D. martius, P. canus, D. leucotus, S. rusticola) in the scope of the planned ski areas located in the ‘Rhodopi — West’ under the Birds Directive and ‘West Rhodopi’. BBF


Balkani Wildlife Society — 1993 until now, member of the management body; Bulgarian Society for Parasitology.

Most recent publications

Nikolov, I., Shurulinkov, P., Borisov, B., 2014. Status of the breeding populations of Great Cormorants in Bulgaria in 2012. — In: Bregnballe T., Lynch J., Parz-Gollner R., Marion L., Volponi S., Paquet J. Y., Carss D. N., van Eerden M. R. (eds.) Breeding numbers of Great Cormorants Phalacrocorax carbo in the Western Palearctic, 2012—2013. — IUCN — Wetland International Cormorant Research Group Report. Scientific report from DCE-Danish Centre for Environment and Energy, Aarhus University, 99: 78—81.

Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G., Tzonev, R., 2013. Breeding Waterbirds in Temporally Flooded Wetlands in Northern Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 65 (2): 207—215.

Moller, A. P., Merino, S., Soler, J. J., Antonov, A., Badas, E. P., Calero-Torralbo, M. A., de Lope, F., Eeva, T., Figuerola, J., Flensted-Jensen, E., Garamszegi, L. Z., Gonzalez-Braojos, S., Gwinner, H., Hanssen, S. A., Heylen, D., IImonen, P., Klarborg, K., Korpimaki, E., Martinez, J., Martinez-de la Puente, J., Marzal, A., Matthysen, E., Matyjasiak, P., Molina-Morales, M., Moreno, J., Mousseau, T. A., Nielsens, J. T., Pap, P. L., Rivero-de Aguilar, J., Shurulinkov, P., Slagsvold, T., Szep, T., Szollosi, E., Torok, J., Vaclav, R., Valera, F., Ziane, N., 2013. Assessing the Effects of Climate on Host-Parasite Interaction: A Comparative Study of European Birds and their Parasites. — PLoS ONE 8 (12): e82886. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0082886

Shurulinkov, P., Stoyanov, G., Komitov, E., Daskalova, G., Ralev, A., 2012. Contribution to the knowledge on distribution, number and habitat preferences of rare and endangered birds in Western Rhodopes Mts Southern Bulgaria. Strigiformes and Piciformes. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 64 (1): 43—56.

Shurulinkov, P., Chakarov, N., Daskalova, G., 2012. Blood parasites, body condition and wing length in two subspecies of Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla flava) during migration. — Parasitology Research, (online first, 25.01.2012). DOI: 10.1007/s00436-011-2733-5

Shurulinkov, P., 2012. Presumed hybrid Black-headed X Black-backed Citrine Wagtail in Bulgaria in April 2011. — Dutch Birding, 34 (2): 108—109.

Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G., Chakarov, N., Hristov, K., Dyulgerova, S., Gocheva, Y., Cheshmedzhiev, S., Madzharov, M., Dimchev, I., 2011. Characteristics of soaring birds’ spring migration over inland SE Bulgaria. — Acrocephalus, 32 (148/149): 29—43.

Ruzic, M., Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G., Ralev, A., Spasov, L., Popovic, M., 2011. Semi-collared Flycatcher Ficedula semitorquata — a new breeding species in Serbia. — Ciconia, 20: 72—76.

Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G. , Ralev, A., Elenkova, V., 2010. New data on the breeding of White-winged Tern (Chlidonias leucoptera) in Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 62 (3): 301—306. [PDF]

Daskalova, G., Shurulinkov, P., 2010. Neues zur Brutvogelfauna des Tserkovski Reservoirs in Sudost-Bugarien. — Ornithologishe Mitteilungen, 62 (12): 408—412.

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