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Location Austria, Oberösterreich,Steiermark
Central coordinates 14o 8.00' East  48o 12.00' North
IBA criteria B2, C6
Area 131,535 ha
Altitude 385 - 2,515m
Year of IBA assessment 2009

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Site description This site comprises four mountain ranges. The Reichramiger Hintergebirge is dominated by near-natural conifer, mixed, and broadleaved forest. The Sengsengebirge also has areas of mixed and conifer forest and extensive areas of treeline ecotone habitat. On the Haller Mauern, forest cover is less extensive. The Totes Gebirge is a largely unvegetated, high-altitude karst plateau, bordered by alpine pastures and montane and subalpine forest.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for species of montane and subalpine forests, rocky areas and cliffs.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Hazel Grouse Bonasa bonasia resident  1997-2005  100-300 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus resident  1997-2005  100-200 males only  medium  C6  Least Concern 
Falco peregrinus resident  1997-2005  13-15 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Not Recognised 
Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos resident  1997-2005  10-13 breeding pairs  good  B2, C6  Least Concern 
Picus canus resident  1997-2005  frequent  C6  Not Recognised 
Dendrocopos leucotos resident  1997-2005  100-200 breeding pairs  medium  C6  Not Recognised 
Ficedula parva breeding  1997-2005  common  C6  Not Recognised 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Grundlsee mit Teilen des Toten Gebirges Nature Reserve 9,700 protected area overlaps with site 9,700  
Kalkalpen National Park 20,837 protected area overlaps with site 16,509  
Loser--Brauning--Zinken Nature Reserve 1,750 protected area overlaps with site 1,750  
Teile des Toten Gebirges Nature Reserve 1,395 protected area overlaps with site 1,395  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland; Native coniferous woodland; Treeline ecotone  60%
Grassland Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland; Mesophile grasslands  20%
Rocky areas   20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 20%
forestry 60%
not utilised 20%

Protection status National Partial International Partial12,845 ha covered by Nature Reserves (Loser-Bräuning-Zinken, 1,750 ha; Grundlsee mit Teilen des Toten Gebirges, 9,700 ha; Teile des Toten Gebirges, 1,395 ha). 16,509 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Kalkalpen, 16,509 ha). 21,442 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Area (Kalkalpen, 21,442 ha). 23,346 ha of IBA covered by Special Protection Areas (Totes Gebirge Ost and West, 23,346 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Northern Kalkalpen. Downloaded from on 25/10/2016

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