IBA Malá Fatra

Malá Fatra

Districts: Čadca, Dolný Kubín, Martin, Námestovo,Prievidza, Ružomberok, Žilina
Altitude: 355 m – 1708 m
Area: 714,81 km2


Malá Fatra is the third highest mountain range in Slovakia. It lies in the western part of the Carpathian arc. It has preserved natural ecosystems in which the essential ecological processes are maintained, a great diversity of habitats, species and communities of Western Carpathian flora and fauna as well. It is characterized by an extreme variety of geological, geomorphological and climatic conditions that result in high ecosystem diversity.

Area protection

IBA Malá Fatra was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on October 22, 2010.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Malá Fatra: Malá Fatra National Park


Mala Fatra is an important territory for nesting of species of rocky habitat, foothill mosaic landscape and many forest species of birds. It is one of the top five areas of Slovakia for Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis) and other species.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Golden Eagle – Aquila chrysaetos 6 10 C6
Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus 3 7 C6
Black Grouse – Tetrao tetrix 30 50 C6
Capercaillie – Tetrao urogallus 30 40 C6
Eagle Owl – Bubo bubo 25 25 C6
Tengmalm’s Owl – Aegolius funereus 140 200 C6
Grey-headed Woodpecker – Picus canus 80 160 C6
Black Woodpecker – Dryocopus martius 140 260 C6
Syrian Woodpecker – Dendrocopos syriacus 20 60 C6
Three-toed Woodpecker – Picoides tridactylus 100 200 C6
Red-breasted Flycatcher – Ficedula parva 650 1750 C6
Collared Flycatcher – Ficedula albicollis 3400 5600 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia/Bonasa bonasia), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Corncrake (Crex crex), Pygmy Owl (Glaucidium passerinum), Ural Owl (Strix uralensis), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Rock Thrush (Monticola saxatilis), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Great Grey Shrike (Lanius excubitor)

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