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Indian Spotted Creeper - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Vipul Ramanuj
Tal Chappar Sanctuary, Rajasthan, India, November 2014
Salpornis spilonota


Its plumage is strongly spotted and barred and it has a thin pointed down-curved bill, which it uses to extricate insects from bark; it lacks the stiff tail feathers which the true treecreepers use to support themselves on vertical trees.


Northern India (eastern Rajasthan and Gujarat east to Bihar).


This is a monotypic species[1].
Some authorities accept two subspecies[2]:

  • S. s. spilonota
  • Central and western India
  • S. s. rajputanae
  • North-western

It was formerly included in Spotted Creeper.


Open deciduous forest and woodlands and mangrove swamps.



Nests in tree crevices.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Birdforum thread discussing the potential split of this species

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