IBA Malé Karpaty

Malé Karpaty

Districts: Bratislava III, Bratislava IV, Malacky, Myjava,Pezinok, Piešťany, Senica, Trnava
Altitude: 135 m – 764 m
Area: 557,64 km2


The prevailing habitats are beech forests, to a lesser extent oak and mixed forests. In the foothills there are important transitional habitats between the forests, vineyards and agricultural landscapes with a significant mosaic structure.

Area protection

IBA Malé Karpaty was designated a Special Protection Area (SPA) on April 29, 2005.
Other protected areas in the region of IBA Malé Karpaty: Protected Landscape Area Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians)


Malé Karpaty is the most important area in Slovakia for nesting of Saker Falcon (Falco cherrug). Significant populations of the Eastern Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca), Honey Buzzard (Pernis apivorus), several types of Woodpeckers and Passerines, especially cavity nestlers are breeding in the territory.

Qualifying species

Species Breeding population Criterion
Pop.min. Pop.max.
Honey Buzzard – Pernis apivorus 30 50 C6
Eastern Imperial Eagle – Aquila heliaca 4 4 C1
Saker Falcon – Falco cherrug 3 5 C6
Syrian Woodpecker – Dendrocopos syriacus 20 80 C6
Middle Spotted Woodpecker – Dendrocopos medius 225 375 C6

Other important species

Black Stork (Ciconia nigra), Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus), Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix), Turtle Dove (Streptopelia turtur), Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo), European Nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus), Wryneck (Jynx torquilla), Grey-headed Woodpecker (Picus canus), Black Wooddpecker (Dryocopus martius), White-backed Woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Common Redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus), Common Stonechat (Saxicola torquata), Barred Warbler (Sylvia nisoria), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata), Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva), Collared Flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio)