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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.


Mapping of breeding locations of Pigmy Owl and Tengmalm’s Owl in National Park Rila
Management Plan of National Park Rila — part Fauna, Birds
European Atlas of the breeding birds, 2014—2018. Mapping of nesting bird fauna in 2016 and 2017 at 50X50 km. UTM squares in Western and Central Bulgaria
Monitoring of breeding, migrating and wintering birds at the Negovan wetlands complex
Management Plan of Bulgarka Nature Park — part Fauna, head of a research group for studying the bird fauna of the park
Forest sertification on the territory of state forest enterprises from Southwestern and Souteastern state forest directorates


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

Most recent publications

Stoyanov, G., Šurulinkov, P., 2016. Neue Daten zur Brutverbreitung und Habitatpräferenz der Haubenmeise Lophophanes cristatus in Südwestbulgarien. — Ornithologishe Mitteilungen, 68 (3/4): 131—136. [PDF]

Shurulinkov, P., Daskalova, G., Michov, S., Koev, V., 2016. The distribution, numbers, and breeding of terns and waders on the sand islands along the Bulgarian-Romanian section of the Danube. — North-Western Journal of Zoology, 12 (1): 65—77. [PDF]

Daskalova, G., Shurulinkov, P., Stoyanov, G. P., Borisov, B., 2016. Observations of the lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) in Bulgaria during the period of post-breeding dispersal. — Slovak Raptor Journal. DOI: 10.1515/srj-2016-0001 [PDF]

Todorov, E., Daskalova, G., Shurulinkov, P., 2015. Current breeding distribution and conservation of White-tailed Eagle, Haliaeetus albicilla (L.) in Bulgaria. — Acta zoologica bulgarica, 67 (1): 3—10. [PDF]

Shurulinkov, P., Fedchuk, D., 2015. Observations of Pigmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) and Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) in Mt. Durmitor, Montenegro. — Historia naturalis bulgarica, 22: 101—103. [PDF]

Savev, S., Borisov, M., Bekchiev, R., Kostova, R., Tsankov, N., Shurulinkov, P., Petrov, B., 2015. Old forests in Strandja Nature Park — conservation and sustainable management. — Directorate of Strandja Nature Park, Malko Tarnovo, 200 pp. (In Bulgarian).

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.

Klvana, P., Cepak, J., Albrecht, T., Munclinger, P., Surulinkov, P., 2014. Sledovani migrace hyli rudych za pouziti geolokatoru. — Krouzkovanec, 17: 7—8.

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

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