Brown Creeper

Order: Passeriformes
Family: Certhiidae
Genus: Certhia
Species: americana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. kerthios small, tree dwelling bird
La certhius a creeper
La. -idae appearance, resemblance
iLa. americana for the American continent

About five inches long. Camouflaged with irregular brown and ashy white stripes, the wings being somewhat barred.

Long brown rigid (like a woodpecker’s) tail. Buff white underside.

Long, thin bill with a pronounced downward curve.

Painting of a Brown Creeper on the underside of a partially fallen timber with a vegetated hill in a foggy haze in the background.
It can be found in coniferous and mixed forests and wooded farms and towns.
USGS map shows in the US and Canada, brown creepers range along the West Coast, Rocky Mountains and the Northeast.
The brown creeper ranges in North America from Appalachia, New England and the Great Lakes regions north into the Canadian Provinces and from southwest U.S. to Northern British Columbia, Alberta and southern Alaska. Winters throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada.
Active birds, usually seen creeping (Latin: certhius, a creeper) up tree trunks foraging in bark crevices for beetles, larvae and insect eggs.

Also eats pine cone seeds.

Builds nests by cramming twigs, fine bark strips, feathers, moss and spider cocoons behind the loose bark of dead tree trunks or stumps, and in natural or abandoned tree cavities being somewhat particular to balsam firs.

Also attracted to rustic and bark covered bird houses.

Lays four to eight creamy-white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and offspring leave the nest in about another two weeks.

Painting of a brown creeper clinging to the bark of a low tree stump with tall grass in the background.
The Brown Creeper Birdhouse (same as for house wrens, winter wrens and Bewick’s wrens) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.
Assemble this box with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes and secure hinged roof with shutter hooks.

Use rough-cut wood stock and cover the exterior of this box with tree bark.

Mount on tree or post in a secluded area in the woods between four and ten feet high with partial sun and shade.

Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers and wrens may also use this box.

 

Brown Creeper Song

The brown creeper song written to sheet music.

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Brown Creeper

Painting of a Brown Creeper on the underside of a partially fallen timber with a vegetated hill in a foggy haze in the background.
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Certhiidae
Genus: Certhia
Species: americana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. kerthios small, tree dwelling bird
La certhius a creeper
iLa. -idae appearance, resemblance
La. americana for the American continent

About five inches long. Camouflaged with irregular brown and ashy white stripes, the wings being somewhat barred.

Long brown rigid (like a woodpecker’s) tail. Buff white underside. Long, thin bill with a pronounced downward curve.

The brown creeper can be found in coniferous and mixed forests and wooded farms and towns.

It ranges in North America from Appalachia, New England and the Great Lakes regions north into the Canadian Provinces and from southwest U.S. to Northern British Columbia, Alberta and southern Alaska. Winters throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada.

USGS map shows in the US and Canada, brown creepers range along the West Coast, Rocky Mountains and the Northeast.
Active birds, usually seen creeping (Latin: certhius, a creeper) up tree trunks foraging in bark crevices for beetles, larvae and insect eggs. Also eats pine cone seeds.

Builds nests by cramming twigs, fine bark strips, feathers, moss and spider cocoons behind the loose bark of dead tree trunks or stumps, and in natural or abandoned tree cavities being somewhat particular to balsam firs. Also attracted to rustic and bark covered bird houses.

Painting of a brown creeper clinging to the bark of a low tree stump with tall grass in the background.
Lays four to eight creamy-white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and offspring leave the nest in about another two weeks.

The Brown Creeper Birdhouse (same as for house wrens, winter wrens and Bewick’s wrens) has a 4″ by 4″ floor, 8″ inside floor to ceiling, 1 1/4″ diameter entrance hole located 6″ above the floor and ventilation openings.

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Assemble this box with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled pilot holes and secure hinged roof with shutter hooks. Use rough-cut wood stock and cover the exterior of this box with tree bark.

Mount on tree or post in a secluded area in the woods between four and ten feet high with partial sun and shade. Remove the nest and clean the box after the brood rearing seasons are over.

Chickadees, Titmice, Nuthatches, Downy Woodpeckers and wrens may also use this box.

 

Brown Creeper Song

The brown creeper song written to sheet music.

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