Thursday, January 29, 2009

Thursday Birdblogging




A favorite of mine, the
Brown Creeper. I see this bird through my front window, as he hops up the trunk of a hackberry tree just outside. It's a tiny precious bird.

Conservation Status

Widespread and generally abundant, but habitat loss and degradation is considered a threat to the species in some states, including Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Idaho, and Montana.

Other Names

Grimpereau americain, Grimpereau brun (French)
Trepadorcito norteamericano, Trepador americano (Spanish)

Cool Facts

* The Brown Creeper bears an extremely close physical resemblance to the Eurasian Treecreeper and Short-toed Treecreeper, and was at one time considered the same species as the Eurasian Treecreeper. But studies of vocalizations, including experiments in which they do not respond to each other's songs, support recognition of three separate species.

* In Arizona, Brown Creeper nests often have two openings, one which serves as an entrance and the other as an exit. Entrances face downward and exits upward.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous joel hanes said...

Brown Creepers start low on a tree and go up the trunk, head first.
Nuthatches start high on a tree and go down the trunk, head first.

1:24 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

But do they meet in the middle? Actually encountered nuthatches in MO - they don't live this far southwest.

2:28 AM  
Blogger shrimplate said...

Fascinating.

5:59 AM  

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