Brown Creepers

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) or American Tree Creeper

The Brown Creeper (Certhia americana), also known as the American Tree Creeper, is a small songbird. that inhabits mature forests, especially conifers, in Canada, Alaska and the northeastern and western United States.

They are permanent residents through much of their range; however, many northern birds migrate further south to the United States. It has occurred as a vagrant to Bermud.


Adults are brown on the upperparts with light spotting – somewhat resembling a piece of tree bark. They have white underparts, a long thin beak with a slight downward curve, and a long tail.

Breeding / Nesting

They build a partial cup nest under a piece of bark that is partially detached from the tree. They may also take advantage of tree cavities.

Diet / Feeding

They mostly feed on insects, occasionally on seeds – particularly in winter.

They retrieve insects from tree trunks and branches, or sometimes from the ground.

Calls / Vocalizations

Its song consists of a short series of high-pitched sees.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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