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Brown Creeper - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: American Treecreeper.

Certhia americana


Photo © by wonderview
Nova Scotia, Canada, 20 March 2021

5-5 3/4" (13-15 cm). Smaller than a sparrow.
A slender, streaked, brown bird, tinged with buff on flanks.


Breeds from Alaska, Ontario, and Newfoundland southward throughout western mountains, Great Lakes region, North Carolina, and New England.

Winters in breeding range and south to Gulf Coast and Florida.


American Treecreeper is one of eight treecreepers in the genus Certhia; at least the two species in Europe are quite similar to the American species in also being cryptically patterned.


About twelve subspecies of Certhia americana are currently recognized:


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.


  1. 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/

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