French: Grimpereau de l’Himalaya German: Bänderschwanz-Baumläufer Spanish: Agateador del Himalaya
Himalayas (Garhwal and Kumaon)
Subspecies and Distribution
C. h. taeniura
Severtsov, 1873 – mountains of C Asia in E Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, extreme SE Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and N Afghanistan. Probably extreme S Kazakhstan#R and extreme W Xinjiang#R (China).
C. h. himalayana
Vigors, 1832 – E Afghanistan (S of Hindu Kush, from Nuristan S to Kandahar), N Pakistan (S at least to C Baluchistan, also in Murree Hills) and E in Himalayas (also N of main range, in upper Indus and associated valleys) to W Nepal.
C. h. yunnanensis
Sharpe, 1902 – S China (from SW Gansu and S Shaanxi S to SE Xizang and NW & W Yunnan, also SW Guizhou) and N & NE Myanmar.
C. h. ripponi
Kinnear, 1929 – S Chin Hills (Mt Victoria), in SW Myanmar.
14 cm; 7·8–10·3 g. Rather distinctive treecreeper, dull plumage lacking strong rufous tones, but has well-defined dark bars on tail, and longest bill in genus. Nominate... read more
Song of usually 7–12 (extremes 3–13) full, slightly disyllabic, whistled notes given in... read more
Breeds in open coniferous forest and forest edge. In C Asia, N Afghanistan and W Pakistan (... read more
Food and feeding
Food insects, spiders (Araneae) and other small invertebrates; occasionally also seeds. Forages on tree trunks and boughs, sometimes among... read more
Season Apr–Jun, relatively early in Nepal and SW Myanmar, generally towards latter end of this period in NW Himalayas and C Asia;... read more
W populations partially migratory, and in Pakistan, NW India and W Nepal some move S to foothills... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally fairly common. Race taeniura reported from S Kazakhstan (Karatau range and Alma-Ata region), but only one confirmed record for the... read more
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