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19 cm. Olive brown upperparts, fine streaking on the crown, nape and upper back, chestnut rump, wings and tail, and heavily streaked olive-brown underparts. The 2.5 cm long bill is slender and decurved. Young birds are duller with less distinct streaking.
Seven subspecies are recognized:
Damp light woodland, plantations, gardens, and clearings with trees.
Their diet consists mostly of spiders and insects; it creeps up trunks and extracts its prey from the bark or mosses.
The construct a leaf-lined nest in a tree cavity, or sometimes an old woodpecker hole, and lays 2 white eggs.
Call: a sharp rolled djeer
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