A mountain area in the western Alps of Italy, between the rivers Dora Baltea and Orco. The site includes the area of Monte Emilius. A wide range of montane habitats are present, relatively intact and little disturbed by manfrom deciduous forests to glaciers. The main land-use is nature conservation. The most managed habitats are the forests.
This is one of the best areas in the Alps for birds of the Eurasian high-montane biome; five species occur in good numbers, out of the 10 possible species. Also important for Aquila chrysaetos. Gypaetus barbatus is present, having been reintroduced at the nearby protected areas of Vanoise National Park (France; where it bred for the first time in 1997), Mercantour Natural Park (France) and Argentera Natural Park (Italy).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gran Paradiso. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 20/10/2021.