Climacteridae – Australasian Treecreepers

Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) by Ian

Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus) by Ian

Also he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree of Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish. (1 Kings 4:33 NKJV)

CLASS – AVES, Order – PASSERIFORMES, Family – Climacteridae – Australasian Treecreepers

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Species (7)

White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)
Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens)
Red-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris erythrops)
White-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris affinis)
Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)
Brown Treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus)
Black-tailed Treecreeper (Climacteris melanurus)


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There are 7 species of Australasian treecreeper in the passerine bird family Climacteridae. They are medium-small, mostly brown birds with patterning on their underparts, and all are endemic to Australia-New Guinea. They resemble, but are not closely related to, the Holarctic treecreepers. The family is one of several families identified by DNA-DNA hybridisation studies to be part of the Australo-Papuan songbird radiation. There is some molecular support for suggesting that their closest relatives are the large lyrebirds.

As their name implies, treecreepers forage for insects and other small creatures living on and under the bark of trees, mostly eucalypts, though several species also hunt on the ground, through leaf-litter, and on fallen timber. Unlike the Holarctic treecreepers they do not use their tail for support when climbing tree trunks, only their feet. (Wikipedia with editing)

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