Shar Planina Mountain

Year of compilation: 2000

Site description
High mountainous region (includes the peaks of Titov Vrh, Popova Šapka, and Kobilica), with river gorges, cliffs and rocky hillsides, alpine pastures, and woodland (coniferous and deciduous). Land-uses include cattle-grazing and forestry. The area extends into Kosovo (the given area of 12,000 ha includes the part in Kosovo).

Key biodiversity
Other breeding species include Pernis apivorus (1-2 pairs), Falco peregrinus (1 pair), Bonasa bonasia, Alectoris graeca, Dryocopus martius, Saxicola rubetra, Lanius collurio and Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax (50-100 pairs), and possibly include Tetrao urogallus, Strix uralensis, Aegolius funereus, Dendrocopos leucotos, Picoides tridactylus and Pyrrhocorax graculus. Gypaetus barbatus (1) and Gyps fulvus (15-20) also occur.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
There is uncontrolled hunting in the Macedonian part, and forestry practices and road building are adversely affecting the area. The area is a proposed Regional Park.

Protected areas
National None International None

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Shar Planina Mountain. Downloaded from on 01/07/2022.