Family Nuthatches (Sittidae)


Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti)


French: Sittelle kabyle German: Kabylenkleiber Spanish: Trepador de Kabilia

Sitta ledanti


, 1976,

Djebel Babor, Algeria


A member of a species group that contains also S. whiteheadi, S. krueperi, S. villosa, S. yunnanensis and S. canadensis. Differs from others of group in being slightly larger and less restricted to coniferous forest. Recent evidence from mitochondrial DNA suggests that its closest relative is S. krueperi, with rest being more distantly related. Monotypic.


Taza National Park, Mt Babor, Tamentout and Djimla in Petite Kabylie mountain region, NE Algeria.

Descriptive notes

13·5 cm; 16·6–18 g. A medium-sized nuthatch prominent white supercilium and short, slender and sharply pointed bill; bill often appears uptilted owing to... read more


During foraging and in flight a quiet, soft, nasal “kna” (reminiscent of S.... read more


On Djebel Babor (climate cool and humid, annual precipitation 2000–2500 mm, falling mostly in... read more

Food and feeding

Food probably mainly insects and spiders (Araneae) in summer; diet in winter largely seeds and nuts (four seed-producing tree species on... read more


Season May; probably single-brooded. Strongly territorial in breeding season, both sexes defending territory boundaries. Nest constructed... read more


Resident. On Djebel Babor may undertake some altitudinal movement and limited post-juvenile... read more

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted range species: present in North Algerian Mountains Secondary Area. Discovered as recently as 1975, on Djebel Babor. Has small population, estimated at... read more

Recommended citation

Harrap, S. (2020). Algerian Nuthatch (Sitta ledanti). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 6 April 2020).