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Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist, head of Vertebrates Department
Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist, head of Vertebrates Department

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 (2014—2020)
Conservation measures for the Lesser Spotted Eagle and its habitats in Bulgaria. LIFE18 NAT/BG/001051. Program Life — EC (2019—2024)
ROBG-471 New destinations in cross-border tourism, No e-MS ROBG 471 — Interreg: The museums of Craiova and Varshets (2018—2022)
History of the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2015—2024)
Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene birds of Northern Vietnam (2018—2022)
History of Bulgarian ornithology (2020—2022)
Digitisation of the palaeoornithological, archaeoornithological and osteological collections of birds at the National Museum of Natural History — BAS (2021—2022)
Quaternary vertebrate fauna of Bulgaria — composition, chronology and impoverishment (2022—2023)

Most recent publications


Demerdzhiev, D., Boev, Z., Dobrev, D., Terziev, N., Nedyalkov, N., Stoychev, S., Petrov, T., 2022. Diet of Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca) in Bulgaria: composition, distribution and variation. — Biodiversity Data Journal, 10: e77746. doi:10.3897/BDJ.10.e77746 [PDF]

Demerdzhiev, D., Boev, Z., Dobrev, D., Nedyalkov, N., Petrov, T., 2022. Does Temporal and Spatial Diet Alteration Lead to Successful Adaptation of a Top Predator. — Diversity 2022, 14, 1000. doi:10.3390/d14111000 [PDF]

Boev, Z., Mikkola, H., 2022. First Pleistocene record of Great Grey Owl (Strix nebulosa Forster, 1772) in Bulgaria. — Comptes rendus de l’Académie bulgare des Sciences, 75 (5): 680—685. [PDF]

Boev, Z., Boev, Z. Jr., 2022. First observation of the White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla (Linnaeus, 1758)) in CW Bulgaria for the last 132 years. — ZooNotes, 207: 1—4. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. [Notes on fossil birds from] Bulgaria. — Newsletter, Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Christchurch, New Zealand, 36: 9—10. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. Pleistocene distribution of the Asiatic wild dog (Cuon Hodgson, 1838) (Carnivora, Bowdich, 1821 — Mammalia Linnaeus, 1758) in Bulgaria — a review. — Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 65 (1): 15—20. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. Past Distribution of the Red Deer (Cervus elaphus Linnaeus, 1758) (Cervidae, Mammalia) in Bulgaria. — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum — Plovdiv, 7: 27—48. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. Owls (Strigiformes Wagler, 1830) in Bulgaria: Past and Present (A Review of the Fossil Record and Present Status of Recorded Species). — In: Mikkola, H. J. (ed.). Owls — Clever Survivors [Working Title] [Internet]. London: IntechOpen; [cited 2022 Sep 27]. Available from: intechopen.com/online-first/83799. doi:10.5772/intechopen.107371 [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Birds of Northern Vietnam (Caves Dieu and Maxa I, Thanh Hoa Province)—Paleornithological Results of the Joint Bulgarian-Vietnamese Archaeological Expeditions, 1985—1991 (Paleoavifaunal Research). — Quaternary 2022, 5, 31. doi:10.3390/quat5030031 [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2022. In memoriam 100 Years since the Birth of Nikolay Boev (1922—1985). — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 74 (3): 493—502. [PDF]


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