An extensive range of hills, 100 km long and up to 20 km wide, that forms the most westerly part of the Western Carpathians. The forests are mainly of Fagus with Acer and Fraxinus on higher ground and Quercus, Ulmus and Pinus at lower altitudes. In places they have been replaced by Picea plantations. Deforested zones near to villages have been converted into pasture, meadow, vineyards and arable land. Human activities include fish and duck-farming, intensive timber production and trekking.
The IBA is a key area for several species of raptor, and is one of the two most important sites in Slovakia for Aquila heliaca. Also important for other forest species, including Ciconia nigra, Circaetus gallicus, Falco peregrinus, Bubo bubo, Caprimulgus europaeus, Jynx torquilla and Picus canus.
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Malé Karpaty. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 21/08/2019.