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Brown Creeper - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: American Treecreeper.

Certhia americana

Identification

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.

Distribution

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.

Taxonomy

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.

Subspecies[1]

About twelve subspecies of Certhia americana are currently recognized:

Habitat

Deciduous and mixed woodlands.

Behaviour

This species is usually seen creeping up tree trunks, using its long, stiff tail for support

Breeding

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.

Vocalisation

Call: A high-pitched, lisping tsee.
Song: A tinkling, descending warble.

References

  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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External Links

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