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Short-toed Treecreeper

(Certhia brachydactyla)
German name(s): "Gartenbaumläufer"
Size: 12-13.5 cm
Weight: 7.5-11 g

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

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Short-toed Treecreeper at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "megarhyncha"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Lateral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper hanging off the bark of a tree (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Lateral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper hanging off the bark of a tree (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2015]

Short-toed Treecreeper foraging in the bark of a tree covered with lichen and mushrooms (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Taunus, Hessen, Germany, May 2020]

Lateral/ventral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2015]

Lateral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper hanging off the bark of a tree and fluttering its wings (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Near-dorsal view of a Short-toed Treecreeper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2014]

View onto the upperparts of a Short-toed Treecreeper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Barragem da Vilarica, Alfandega da Fe, Tras os Montes, Portugal,

View onto the upperparts of a Short-toed Treecreeper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Barragem da Vilarica, Alfandega da Fe, Tras os Montes, Portugal, November 2019]

View onto the upperparts of a Short-toed Treecreeper (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, February 2014]

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)

Behaviour

Short-toed Treecreeper working its way up a lichen-covered tree trunk, head up (photo courtesy of M. Thomas)
[Taunus, Hessen, Germany, May 2020]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper hanging head-down off the bark of a tree, with its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2014]

Lateral view of a Short-toed Treecreeper with its prey (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, December 2015]

Call(s)/Song

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.

strecrp_jp_20200318.m4a megarhyncha
(Portugal)
Contact call? © JP
strecrp_jp_20200218.m4a megarhyncha
(Portugal)
Contact calls?
(+ Common Chaffinch)
© JP
strecrp_jp_20190704.m4a megarhyncha
(Portugal)
Territorial call? © JP

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