Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Corsican Nuthatch (Sitta whiteheadi) - HBW 13, p. 133

French: Sittelle corse German: Korsenkleiber Spanish: Trepador Corso

Taxonomy: Sitta whiteheadi Sharpe, 1884, mountains of Corsica.
A member of a species group that contains also S. ledanti, S. krueperi, S. villosa, S. yunnanensis and S. canadensis, and all sometimes thought to form a superspecies. Present species formerly treated as conspecific with S. villosa and S. canadensis; close relationship with these two supported by recent data on mitochondrial DNA, which indicate also a more distant relationship to S. krueperi and S. ledanti (no S. yunnanensis material was available for analysis). Earlier taxonomic separation of present species from.. View all taxonomy...

Taxonomy: Sitta whiteheadi Sharpe, 1884, mountains of Corsica.
A member of a species group that contains also S. ledanti, S. krueperi, S. villosa, S. yunnanensis and S. canadensis, and all sometimes thought to form a superspecies. Present species formerly treated as conspecific with S. villosa and S. canadensis; close relationship with these two supported by recent data on mitochondrial DNA, which indicate also a more distant relationship to S. krueperi and S. ledanti (no S. yunnanensis material was available for analysis). Earlier taxonomic separation of present species from S. canadensis based on studies of vocalizations, together with those of breeding biology and behaviour. A nesting pair of nuthatches resembling present species and S. villosa found at 2000 m in Altai Mts of extreme S Siberia (at Aktru, S of Karay) in 2006; this could represent a remarkable range extension of either species, or an as yet undescribed species, but requires verification. Monotypic.

Distribution: Inland mountain ridges on Corsica (from Tartagine S to Ospedale and Mt Cagna).

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