Family Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)

Least Concern

Red-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris erythrops)


French: Échelet à sourcils roux German: Rostbrauen-Baumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos cejirrojo

Climacteris erythrops


, 1841,

Liverpool Ranges, New South Wales, Australia


Birds from mountain forests of SE coast of Victoria described as race olinda, but generally considered indistinguishable from populations in rest of range. Monotypic.


Coastal and highland forests of SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria (E from slightly W of Melbourne).

Descriptive notes

15–16 cm; 23 g. Male has dark grey head, neck, rump and uppertail-coverts, contrasting with dark brown rest of upperparts; broad eyebrow, lores and area below eye rusty... read more


Typical call a rapid slightly descending chatter with buzz-like quality, often immediately answered... read more


Open forests and woodlands of Great Dividing Range, as well as coastal and inland slopes; sea-level... read more

Food and feeding

Adult and larval insects, mainly ants (Formicidae); also spiders (Araneae). Of 4038 items in stomachs of specimens from NE New South Wales... read more


Season late Aug to Jan; sometimes two broods (two of six groups in sole detailed study, in NE New South Wales). Socially monogamous, but no... read more



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Moderately common in suitable habitat. Absence from isolated patches of forest in NE New South Wales suggests vulnerability to clearance and habitat... read more

Recommended citation

Noske, R. (2020). Red-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris erythrops). 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 27 February 2020).