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Brown Creeper
Certhia americana

Chickadees, Nuthatches and Creepers
Creeper Family (Certhiidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-14.5 cm Wingspan: 18-20 cm

Description: While the nuthatches work their way down the trunks of conifers, creepers work their way up. Although not common, the brown creeper is a drab brown bird which begins at the base of conifers, and slowly creeps towards the crown, probing behind the bark for insects and grubs. They are difficult to spot as their head, back tail and wings are brown, mottled with grayish-white. They have a white eyebrow line and a long, slightly down curved beak. The rump is rusty coloured. The long tail feathers are pointed, usually pressed hard against the trunk for support. The underside is white. They have several calls. In the spring, listen for a high pitched warble: "see-tee-wu-tee-we". Later, it takes on a single toned "seep", similar to the winter wren's call, but more subtle. Their unique nest is normally built under loose bark, made of grass and conifer needles and held together with spider webs.

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