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Brown Creeper

Certhia americana


Streaked brown and buff above, with their white underparts usually hidden against a tree trunk, Brown Creepers blend easily into bark. Their brownish heads show a broad, buffy stripe over the eye.


Woodland Trail


Brown Creepers are tiny woodland birds with an affinity for the biggest trees they can find. Look for these little, long-tailed scraps of brown and white spiraling up stout trunks and main branches, sometimes passing downward-facing nuthatches along the way. They probe into crevices and pick at loose bark with their slender, downcurved bills, and build their hammock-shaped nests behind peeling flakes of bark. Their piercing calls can make it much easier to find this hard-to-see but common species.

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grade-78-science4 2 years ago

The brown creeper, also known as the American treecreeper, is a small songbird, the only North American member of the treecreeper family Certhiidae.

Joseph R. Godreau
Joseph R. Godreau 2 years ago

Thank you!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 2 years ago

Lovely series!

doreen.chambers.14 2 years ago

These Brown Creepers are difficult to see. Very nice.

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Lat: 42.28, Long: -83.80

Spotted on Feb 9, 2017
Submitted on Feb 12, 2017

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