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Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)
Brown Creeper, Brunette Headwaters Trail, Burnaby Lake Regional Park, Burnaby, British Columbia
Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved. (view image details)
BROWN CREEPER FACTSDescription
Brown creepers are the only treecreepers in North America. They are dark brown above with heavily streaked white markings on the head, shoulders, back and wings. They have a brown stripe through the eye and a white stripe above the eye. The underside is white with some light red and brown tinge. The tail is long and stiff, and tail feathers are used as a prop as the bird moves around the trunks of trees. Male and female brown creepers are similar. Males have a longer bill than females
length 11.7cm - 13.5cm.
coniferous forests, mixed coniferous sand deciduous forests.
small invertebrates such as spiders and insects. Also eats some seeds and other plant matter during winter when insects are harder to find.
The female builds a nest and usually places it between the trunk and loose piece of bark on a dead or dying tree. The nest is lined with feathers and bark. The female lays 3 to 7 eggs which hatch after incubation of 13 to 17 days.
found throughout North America from Canada and Alaska to as far south as northern Nicaragua in South America.