French: Échelet à queue noire German: Schwarzschwanz-Baumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos colinegro
Derby, Western Australia
Subspecies and Distribution
C. m. melanurus
Gould, 1843 – Black-tailed Treecreeper – N Western Australia (E from Broome) and N Northern Territory E to Gulf of Carpentaria uplands and NW Queensland (S to Tropic of Capricorn).
C. m. wellsi
Ogilvie-Grant, 1909 – Chestnut-bellied Treecreeper – Pilbara region of W Western Australia.
16–19 cm; 32 g. Male nominate race is blackish-brown above, with indistinct fine white streaks on ear-coverts; upperwing similar, with broad pale cream-buff band... read more
Contact calls strident, high-pitched “ching” or downward-inflected disyllabic “chee-ting”, singly... read more
Open eucalypt forests, woodlands and savannas in monsoon-tropical and semi-arid regions, dominated... read more
Food and feeding
Relatively little known. Food mainly ants (Formicidae) and beetles (Coleoptera), also moths (Lepidoptera), grasshoppers (Orthoptera) and... read more
Comparatively little known. Season Jun–Jan; probably two broods, as laying observed in Jun and Sept–Oct at site near Darwin (... read more
Preliminary observations suggest that species is sedentary within year-round all-purpose territory.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Locally common. Recorded densities 0·1–0·6 birds/ha. In most parts of range, habitat subject to regular burning, often annually,... read more
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