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Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist
Research Professor DSc Zlatozar Boev, ornithologist

Zlatozar Boev

(Professor DSc)
phone: (+359 87) 8668880; 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


Manual for identification of the wing phalanx (phalanx proximalis digiti majoris) of European birds. Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences — National Museum of Natural History, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Joint Project (2023—2025).
Neanderthal and early modern human interactions in the Central Balkans (NEEMO). Serbian Ministry of Science (2022—2024)
Conservation measures for the Lesser Spotted Eagle and its habitats in Bulgaria. LIFE18 NAT/BG/001051. Program Life — EC (2019—2024)
History of the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2015—2024)
Distributed System of Scientific Collections — Digitisation of the palaeoornithological, archaeoornithological and osteological collections of birds at the National Museum of Natural History — BAS (2021—2023)
Quaternary vertebrate fauna of Bulgaria — composition, chronology and impoverishment (2022—2023)
Terminologia ornithologica bulgarica. Part I. Taxonomia (2023—2024)
Terminologia ornithologica bulgarica. Part II. Morphologia (2024—2025)

Most recent publications


Milošević, S., Boev, Z., Dimitrijević, V., Mihailović, D., 2023. First Fowlers of Europe: evidence for bird exploitation during MIS 8/7 from Velika Balanica cave (Serbia). — In: Marković, S. B., Hrvojević, M. P., Lazić, L. (Editors in Chief). Natural Resources and Environmental Risks: Towards a Sustainable Future. International Conference. Novi Sad, Serbia. Abstract Book. Serbian Academy Of Sciences And Arts, p. 41. [PDF]

Fladerer, F.A., Chatzopoulou, K., Steier, P., Bolka, M., Boev, Z., 2023. Eagle owls’ predation within a highly diversified Late Glacial landscape: remains of pikas and hares (Lagomorpha) from the Loutra Almopias Cave (Central Macedonia, Greece). — Geologica Balcanica 52 (2): 3—28. [PDF]

Demerdzhiev, D., Boev, Z., 2023. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tseno Petrov and the modern Bulgarian ornithology (A bio-bibliography of an honored Bulgarian ornithologist on occasion of his 80th anniversary). — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum, Plovdiv, 8: 1—21. [PDF]

Demerdzhiev, D. A., Dobrev, D. D., Delchev, A. G., Angelov, I. D., Terziev, N. G., Iliev, M. D., Georgiev, G. S., Boev, Z. N., Nedyalkov, N. P., Arkumarev, V. S., 2023. Distribution, population status, habitats, and conservation of Lesser Spotted Eagle in Bulgaria. — Proceedings of Conferences Raptors Conservation 2023, Suppl. 2: 32—34. doi:10.19074/1814-8654-2023-2-32-34 [PDF]

Demerdzhiev, D. A., Dobrev, D. D., Boev, Z. N., Nedyalkov, N. P., Delchev, A. G., Stoychev, S. A., Petrov, T. H., 2023. Grassland alterations do not affect breeding success, but lead to dietary shifts of Eastern Imperial Eagle, a top predator: a case of successful adaptation. — Proceedings of Conferences Raptors Conservation 2023, Suppl. 2: 290—294. doi:10.19074/1814-8654-2023-2-290-294 [PDF]

Demerdzhiev, D. A., Dobrev, D. D., Boev, Z. N., 2023. Grassland Alterations Do Not Affect Breeding Success, but Can Explain Dietary Shifts of a Generalist Raptor Species. — Diversity 2023, 15, 422. doi:10.3390/d15030422 [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2023. [Notes on fossil birds from] Bulgaria. — Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution. Information Letter, Christchurch, 37: 7—8. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2023. The leopard (Panthera pardus (Linnaeus, 1758) in Bulgaria. A review of the paleontological record and archaeological finds. — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum — Plovdiv, 8: 1—14. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2023. The Woolly Mammoth Mammuthus primigenius Blumenbach, 1799 (Elephantidae Gray, 1821) in the Pleistocene in Bulgaria. — Bulletin of the Natural History Museum — Plovdiv, 8: 15—23. [PDF]

Boev, Z., 2023. Quaternary vertebrate fauna of Bulgaria — composition, chronology and impoverishment. — Geologica Balcanica, 52 (1): 21—48. doi:10.52321/GeolBalc.52.1.21 [PDF]


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