IBA Muránska planina a Stolické vrchy

Muránska planina a Stolické vrchy

Districts: Brezno, Revúca, Rimavská Sobota, Rožňava
Altitude: 353 m – 1476 m
Area: 289,91 km2


Muránska planina is a large limestone plateau with many karstic elements. It is a territory with high biodiversity. There can be found a wide range of forest communities from oak level to spruce vegetation level in forested area. The area lies in the highest part of range of Stolické Hills. There are rare types of communities on the silicate debris in the northern part of the ridge.

Area protection

IBA Muránska planina – Stolické vrchy was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) Muránska planina – Stolica on September 17, 2009.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Muránska planina – Stolické vrchy: Muránska planina National Park


The area is important as a breeding site of forest bird species, rocky habitats species and mountain meadows species. It is one of the top five Slovak areas for Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) and Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus).

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Capercaillie - Tetrao urogallus 35 50 C6
Tengmalm’s Owl - Aegolius funereus 90 130 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia/Bonasa bonasia), Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix/Tetrao tetrix), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Three-toed Woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis)

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