Australasian / Australian Treecreepers

Creepers and Treecreepers

Australasian TreecreeperThe Australasian / Australian Treecreepers all are endemic to Australia - New Guinea.

The Australasian treecreeper are medium-small, mostly brown-colored birds with patterning on their underparts.

They were named for the fact that they are often seen "creeping" up tree trunks (like Woodpeckers), supporting themselves on vertical trees with their stiff tail feathers.

They mostly feed on insects, foraging for insects and other small prey 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..


Seven Recognized Subspecies



Black-tailed Treecreeper (Climacteris melanura)

French Name: Échelet à queue noire ... German Name: Schwarzschwanz-Baumrutscher ... Peters Family Name: Climacteridae: Australian Treecreepers ... Sibley-Monroe Family Name: Climacteridae: Australo-Papuan Treecreepers ... Gill (2nd Ed.) Family Name: Climacteridae: Australasian Treecreepers

Habitat: Open forest, riparian woodland ... Distribution: North Australia, Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia

English Synonyms: Allied Treecreeper


Brown Tree Creeper (Climacteris picumnus)


Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens)

French Name: Échelet papou ... German Name: Papuabaumrutscher ... Peters Family Name: CLIMACTERIDAE: Australian Treecreepers ... Sibley-Monroe Family Name: CLIMACTERIDAE: Australo-Papuan Treecreepers ... Gill (2nd Ed.) Family Name: CLIMACTERIDAE: Australasian Treecreepers

Habitat: Forest;mountains, elevation: 1250-3050m

English Synonyms: New Guinea Treecreeper


Red-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris erythrops):

French Name: Échelet à sourcils roux ... German Name: Rostbrauen-Baumrutscher ... Peters Family Name: Climacteridae: Australian Treecreepers ... Sibley-Monroe Family Name: Climacteridae: Australo-Papuan Treecreepers ... Gill (2nd Ed.) Family Name: Climacteridae: Australasian Treecreepers

Habitat: Rain forest, dense eucalypt woodland ... Distribution: SE Australia (Queensland), New South Wales


Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufa):

French Name: Échelet roux ... German Name: Rostbauch-Baumrutscher ... Peters Family Name: Climacteridae: Australian Treecreepers ... Sibley-Monroe Family Name: Climacteridae: Australo-Papuan Treecreepers ... Gill (2nd Ed.) Family Name: Climacteridae: Australasian Treecreepers

Habitat: Open forest, dense eucalypt woodland ... Distribution: South and Western Australia


White-browed Creeper (Climacteris affinis):

French Name: Échelet à sourcils blancs ... German Name: Weißbrauen-Baumrutscher ... Peters Family Name: Climacteridae: Australian Treecreepers ... Sibley-Monroe Family Name: Climacteridae: Australo-Papuan Treecreepers ... Gill (2nd Ed.) Family Name: Climacteridae: Australasian Treecreepers

Habitat: Dry woodland

Distribution: Central Australia, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory, Western Australia


White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaeus)


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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