IBA Nízke Tatry

Nízke Tatry – Low Tatras

Districts: Banská Bystrica, Brezno, Liptovský Mikuláš, Ružomberok, Poprad
Altitude: 520 m – 2040
Area: 969,51 km2


It is largely divided mountainous area that is composed of orographic units of Nízke Tatry, Starohorské vrchy and Kozie chrbty. It is forested area with prevailing coniferous forests in the northern part and mixed forests in the south. There can be found large number of rocky habitats. The upper parts lay in the subalpine an alpine vegetation level.

Area protection

IBA Nízke Tatry was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on April 16, 2010.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Nízke Tatry: NAPANT – Nízke Tatry (Low Tatras) National Park


According to its level of preservation and extent it is an important breeding site for several raptor species, forest owls and Passerines. In the area nests the most significant population of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysateos), Tengmalm’s Owl (Aegolius funereus) and Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum) in Slovakia. It has a special importance for Grouse species, because here can be found largest populations of Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix/Tetrao tetrix) and Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus) in Slovakia

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Golden Eagle – Aquila chrysateos 10 10 C6
Hazel Grouse -Bonasa bonasia 1150 1550 C6
Black Grouse – Tetrao tetrix 160 180 C6
Capercaillie – Tetrao urogallus 190 210 C6
Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo 11 19 C6
Pygmy Owl – Glaucidum passerinum 280 320 C6
Tengmalm’s Owl – Aegolius funereus 275 325 C6
European Nightjar – Caprimulgus europaeus 30 70 C6
Three-toed Woodpecker – Picoides tridactylus 170 330 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Lesser Spotted Eagle (Aquila pomarina), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

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