Throughout summer 2016, researchers of Foundation Conservation Carpathia conducted a bird survey in Leaota and found a total of 81 bird species. Among these, 53 species were recorded in the deciduous forests, 53 in the mixed deciduous-coniferous forests, 53 in spruce forests and 29 species in subalpine and alpine habitats.
The virgin and quasi-virgin forests offer the most favorabile conditions especially for woodpeckers and nocturnal birds of prey.
Many of these bird species are even protected on a European level according to the EU Birds Directive 2009/147/EC: Golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), European honey buzzard (Pernis apivorus), Black kite (Milvus migrans), Western marsh harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus), Hazel grouse (Bonasa bonasia), Corncrake (Crex crex), Ural owl (Strix uralensis), Grey-headed woodpecker (Picus canus), White-backed woodpecker (Dendrocopos leucotos), Three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), Black woodpecker (Dryocopus martius), Woodlark (Lullula arborea), Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio), Collared flycatcher (Ficedula albicollis), and Red-breasted flycatcher (Ficedula parva).
The area proves to be an interesting destination for bird-watchers!