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Location Finland, Lapin lääni
Central coordinates 28o 45.00' East  67o 25.00' North
IBA criteria B2, B3, C6
Area 29,574 ha
Altitude 450 - 550m
Year of IBA assessment 2000

BirdLife SUOMI-FINLAND



Site description A wilderness area comprising three adjacent fjelds in central Lapland. The landscape is very diverse, supporting large aapa mires, natural and very old boreal forests, stony hill-slope forests, numerous streams with small valleys and treeless mountain heath.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  poor  B3  Least Concern 
Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker Picoides tridactylus resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  poor  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Siberian Jay Perisoreus infaustus resident  1996  50 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 
Common Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  poor  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Joutsitunturi-Koukkutunturi - FI1301511 Habitats Directive 15,030 protected area overlaps with site 14,248  
MALTIO - FI1301502 Habitats Directive 14,746 protected area contained by site 14,746  
Maltion luonnonpuisto Strict Nature Reserve 14,755 protected area contained by site 14,703  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest   75%
Grassland Tundra  15%
Wetlands (inland) Raised bogs  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
unknown -

Protection status National Partial International None14,703 ha of IBA covered by Strict Nature Reserve (Maltio, 14,703 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Maltio fjelds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2014

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