15 April 2006 · volume 17
· pp. 109–123 · PDF [full text]
The full taxonomic list of the avifaunas of 14 both human (towns, villas, castles, caves, etc.) and non-human sites from the Roman period in the present day Bulgarian lands is presented. The examined material consists of 2736 bone remains of at least 422 individuals. The species composition includes 86 taxa (of 14 orders), six of them, Pelecanus onocrotalus, Gypaetus barbatus, Phasianus colchicus (the native autochtonic subspecies, P. c. colchicus), Grus grus, Otis tarda, and Tetrax tetrax, disappeared from the present day country’s breeding avifauna. Five forms of domesticated birds (Anser anser domestica, Anas platyrhynchos domestica, Gallus gallus domestica, Pavo cristatus domestica, and Columba livia domestica) have been established. The remains of domestic fowl prevail in most of the sites.