An extensive mountain range that forms part of the inner Western Carpathians. Karst features present include canyons, gorges, springs, waterfalls and caves. Forests consist mainly of Fagus, with Quercus at lower altitudes and Pinus, Picea and Abies on higher ground. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing, military training, skiing and trekking, with the area receiving over one million visitors a year.
An important site for breeding species of forest, rocky habitats and upland meadows. Aquila chrysaetos, Tetrao tetrix, Prunella collaris, Monticola saxatilis and Tichodroma muraria also breed.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malá Fatra. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 02/04/2020.