Massif Djurdjura

Country/territory: Algeria

IBA Criteria met: A1 (2001)
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Area: 18,500 ha

Protection status:

Site description
The site lies in the Grande Kabylie mountain range, which runs south and south-east from Algiers, just behind the Mediterranean coastline. It is within the Massif du Djurdjura, north-east of Bouira and just south of Tizi-Ouzou. The coordinates given are derived from various large-scale maps and may not accurately reflect the position of the National Park. The area is mountainous, with several peaks over 2,000 m, and the climate is humid due to the close proximity of the coast. There is extensive karst topography at high altitudes and Quercus suber forests up to 1,300 m.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. There are records of breeding colonies of Falco naumanni from several locations in and around the Djurdjura massif and surrounding area. Colonies (usually occupied between the end of April and beginning of October) have been reported from Lakhdaria, gorges de l’oued Keddara, Djemaa Taguengourt (all in the Djurdjura) and from nearby—possibly between Tikjda and Tizi N’Kouilal and at Bouira. It is also possible that the species overwinters in the Kabylie, but its current status in Algeria remains poorly known. The selection of the National Park as an IBA is the most practical choice of site, as this designation will afford at least some level of protection. Further survey work is required to determine more precise locations and numbers of F. naumanni within the colonies, to confirm the boundaries of the IBA and to investigate the other bird fauna within the site. Other species occurring in the area of the Parc National above Tikjda include Gypaetus barbatus and Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Massif Djurdjura. Downloaded from on 16/01/2021.