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Subspecies C. h. yunnanensis
Photo © by paux
Tangjiahe Nature Resterve, Sichuan, China, May 2015
Certhia himalayana


14 cm (5½ in)

  • Dark barring on tail
  • White throat
  • Whitish or dirty greyish-buff underparts
  • Long bill


Nominate Subspecies
Photo © by Alok Tewari
Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand, Alt. 5500-6000 ft above MSL, India, October 2016

Asia: Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, China, Tibet, Nepal, Pakistan, India, Eastern and Western Himalayas
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Burma



There are 4 subspecies[1]:

  • C. h. taeniura:
  • C. h. himalayana:
  • C. h. yunnanensis:
  • C. h. ripponi:
  • Western Burma (Mount Victoria)


Boreal and temperate forests. Also well wooded areas in winter.



Their main diet consists of insects, spiders and small invertebrates.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2015)

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