Alternative name: American Treecreeper.
- Certhia americana
5-5 3/4" (13-15 cm). Smaller than a sparrow.
A slender, streaked, brown bird, tinged with buff on flanks.
Winters in breeding range and south to Gulf Coast and Florida.
About twelve subspecies of Certhia americana are currently recognized:
- C. a. alascensis: South-central Alaska; winters to Arizona and New Mexico
- C. a. occidentalis: Coastal south-eastern Alaska to central California
- C. a. stewarti: Haida Gwaii (British Columbia)
- C. a. montana: British Columbia to Cascades, the Dakotas, southern Arizona and western Texas
- C. a. zelotes: Southern Oregon through Cascades and Coast ranges to southern California
- C. a. americana: Northern Saskatchewan to Newfoundland and north-eastern US; winters to Mexico
- C. a. idahoensis: Northern Idaho and north-western Montana to central Alberta; winters to Arizona
- C. a. nigrescens: Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina
- C. a. albescens: Mountains of south-eastern Arizona, south-western New Mexico and north-western Mexico
- C. a. alticola: Mountains of southern Mexico
- C. a. pernigra: Mountains of extreme southern Mexico (Chiapas) and northern Guatemala
- C. a. extima: Mountains of eastern Guatemala, Honduras and north-western Nicaragua
Deciduous and mixed woodlands.
This species is usually seen creeping up tree trunks, using its long, stiff tail for support
The clutch consists of 6 or 7 white eggs, lightly speckled with brown, in a cup of bark shreds, feathers, sticks, and moss, usually placed against a tree trunk behind a peeling slab of bark.
Call: A high-pitched, lisping tsee.
Song: A tinkling, descending warble.
- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2023) Brown Creeper. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 September 2023 from https://www.birdforum.net/opus/Brown_Creeper
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