|Common Treecreeper (above)|
and Short-toed Treecreeper
The treecreeper family Certhidae contains 6 closely related species of bird. They are vary similar in appearance and can present serious identification problems where two species occur. They do not migrate other than for local movements.
The treecreepers are small woodland birds, brown above and white below. They have thin pointed down-curved bills, which they use to extricate insects from bark. They have stiff tail feathers, like woodpeckers, which they use to support themselves on vertical trees.
Nests are tree crevices or behind bark.
The list of species follows below.
- Common Treecreeper or Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris
- Short-toed Treecreeper Certhia brachydactyla
- Brown Creeper Certhia americana
- Himalayan Treecreeper or Bar-tailed Treecreeper Certhia himalayana
- Nepal Treecreeper or Rusty-flanked Treecreeper Certhia nipalensis
- Sikkim Treecreeper or Brown-throated Treecreeper Certhia discolor