Animal world full of rarities
In addition to the typical alpine fauna such as chamois, red deer, capercaillie, pine grouse and the marmot, whose warning whistles resound far across the alpine pastures, there are also a number of rarities in the animal world of the Nockberge. During the ice age, the grasshopper species "Miramella alpina carinthiaca" and the moor butterfly "Erebia claudina" were able to survive in the ice-free summit meadows.
After the retreat of the ice, the snow hare and ptarmigan conquered the alpine habitats of the Nockberge. A small, inconspicuous migratory bird that actually lives in the Arctic tundra is the Mornell's plover. It breeds in the Nockberge above the tree line on sparse, lichen-covered, stony ridges. The Mornell's plover is on the Red List of Specially Protected Breeding Birds, as are the Rock Partridge and the King of the Skies, the Golden Eagle.