Malá Fatra

Country/territory: Slovakia

IBA Criteria met: C6 (2004)
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Area: 70,500 ha

Protection status:

Slovak Ornithological Society / BirdLife Slovakia

Site description
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.

Key biodiversity
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.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malá Fatra. Downloaded from on 04/07/2020.