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Dimitar Ragyov

Dimitar Ragyov


I was born 30.12.1976 in Bulgaria and graduated at Forestry University - Sofia in 2000.
I discovered birds somewhat late. I was 24 years old, but they became my passion.
Birds and Travels! I don’t know what I like more, yet… to travel because of watching birds, or to study birds because of the traveling.
I participated in several BSPB’s (BirdLife – Bulgaria) projects as a volunteer – Imperial eagle project, Egyptian vulture project etc. Then I started to work by Institute of zoology – Bulgarian Academy of Science as ecologist in Biological Experimental Base “Kalimok”. In Kalimok station we were working on two programs: i) Complex study of nocturnal passerine migration and ii) Breeding and reintroduction in the nature of Ruddy Shelduck.
In 2005 I went to work as a field assistant in China in “Saker falcon project” run by Chinese Academy of Science, International Wildlife Consultants Ltd, United Kingdom (IWC) and Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi - UAE.
Since 2006 I work by Central Laboratory of General Ecology – Bulgarian Academy of Science on a project “Saker Falcon in Bulgaria and Southeastern Europe – Research and Conservation”. I am coordinator of “South East European Saker Falcon Network”. It is a network of researchers and organizations working on the field of Saker falcon (studying and conserving) in our region.

Central Laboratory of General Ecology - Bulgarian Academy of Science
Yurii Gagarin Str. 2  
Sofia,    1113  Bulgaria
Phone: +359 898 58 55 53 Fax: + 359 2 870 54 98
Email: dimitar.ragyov@gmail.com

   Research Interests

Breeding ecology.
Diurnal raptor conservation.
In addition to raptor species, I am also interested in ravens.

Species of Interest: 
  • Saker Falcon
  • Eastern Imperial Eagle
  • Lanner Falcon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Long-legged Buzzard
  • Golden Eagle
  • Egyptian Vulture


Ragyov, D., E. Kmetova, A. Dixon, K. Franz, Y. Koshev, and N. Nedialkov. 2009. Saker Falcon Falco cherrug reinroduction in Bulgaria: feasibility study. Southeast Europe Saker Falcon Nework, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Ma Ming, M., Leilei, T., Yi-Qun, W., ChenYing, XuFeng, Dixon, A., Potapov, E., Angelov, I., Ragyov, D., and Balazs, I. 2006. [The Saker Falcon in the desert of North Xinjiang, China]. Raptors Conservation 6:58-64.

Ragyov, D. & V. Shishkova 2006 Saker falcon in Bulgaria: past, present and future. Falco 27: 4-8.

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