Family Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)

Least Concern

Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens)


French: Échelet papou German: Papuabaumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos papú

Climacteris placens

P. L. Sclater

, 1874,

Hatam, Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


In past, often treated as conspecific with C. leucophaea. Distributional limits of races uncertain; in particular, precise ranges of steini and inexpectata, and their possible relationship, require study, and both have sometimes been synonymized with nominate#R. Four subspecies traditionally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. placens (P. L. Sclater, 1874) – Vogelkop (Tamrau Mts, Arfak Mts), in NW New Guinea.
  • C. p. steini (Mayr, 1936) – W & C New Guinea from Weyland Mts E through Hindenburg Range to Tari Gap area.
  • C. p. inexpectata (Rand, 1940) – Snow Mts, in WC New Guinea.
  • C. p. meridionalis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1907) – mountains of SE New Guinea (E from Aseki area, Mt Kaindi and Herzog Mts).
  • Descriptive notes

    14·5 cm; 12–19·5 g. Male nominate race has dark brown crown with ill-defined pale buff streaks; hindneck to rump and tertials dull brownish-olive,... read more


    A mellow series of 5–10 flute-like or bell-like notes, slowly ascending in pitch, with final... read more


    Lower to upper montane rainforest, from 1250 m to 2600 m; also subalpine forest at up to 3000 m in... read more

    Food and feeding

    Insectivorous, but no details. Forages mostly in middle to upper levels, but sometimes close to the ground. Climbs jerkily up and around... read more


    No information.


    Presumably sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Rarely seen, but reckoned probably to be ­locally common. As logging and slash-and-burn agriculture are concentrated in the lowlands, the species... read more

    Recommended citation

    Noske, R. (2020). Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 January 2020).