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Eurasian Treecreeper

(Certhia familiaris)
Alternate name(s): "Common Treecreeper", "Treecreeper*"
German name(s): "Waldbaumläufer"

Size: 12.5-14 cm; wing span: 17.5-21 cm
Weight: 7-13 g


Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Eurasian Treecreeper at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Race "familiaris"


Sex unknown

Lateral view of an Eurasian Treecreeper; this bird was caught to be ringed and released again (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Vlasina Lake, Serbia, October 2019]

View straight onto the back of an Eurasian Treecreeper; the only diagnostic feature distinguishing it from the similar Short-toed Treecreeper is the big notch in the light-brown wing bars - click on image to see those highlighted by arrows; all other diagnostic features are hidden in this view (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, August 2016]

Direct comparison between the two species of European treecreeper: Short-toed Treecreeper, left, and Eurasian Treecreeper, right; note the "even step pattern" on the left and the gap in the "step pattern" on the right
(photos courtesy of J. Pires, left, and D. Wilczynska, right)


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

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Female? © DW

More Eurasian Treecreeper sound recordings are available at .

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