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Short-toed Treecreeper

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Photo by MomoPreverenges, VD, Switzerland, May 2006
Photo by Momo
Preverenges, VD, Switzerland, May 2006
Certhia brachydactyla


[edit] Identification

12·5 cm (5 in)

  • Streaked brownish above
  • White below
  • Long stiff tail feathers
  • Long curved bill

[edit] Similar Species

Very similar to Eurasian Treecreeper, best told apart by voice..

[edit] Distribution

Europe and North Africa. Breeds in the Channel Islands, Spain and France.

Vagrant to mainland Great Britain

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • C. b. megarhyncha:
  • C. b. brachydactyla:
  • Continental Europe (east of megarhyncha)
  • C. b. mauritanica:
  • C. b. dorotheae:
  • C. b. harterti:
  • Asia Minor and the Caucasus Mountains

[edit] Habitat

Parks, gardens, woods - anywhere there are trees.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Breeding

It nests in tree crevices or behind the bark. The clutch consists of up to 6 eggs.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes insects and spiders.

[edit] Vocalisation

Listen in an external program

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Collins Field Guide 5th Edition
  3. Wikipedia

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