Family Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)

Least Concern

Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus)


Taxonomy

French: Échelet roux German: Rostbauch-Baumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos rufo
Taxonomy:

Climacteris rufa

Gould

, 1841,

Swan River, Western Australia

.

In past, E population (South Australia) sometimes split as race orientalis, distinct from form in SW Western Australia, but populations in intervening desert said to be intermediate in characters. Monotypic.

Distribution:

SW Western Australia (S from about Geraldton) E inland through Great Victoria Desert to N Eyre Peninsula, in South Australia.

Descriptive notes

16·5–18 cm; 30–33 g. Male has supercilium, cheek, ear-coverts, chin and throat rich cinnamon-rufous, thin dark grey-brown eyestripe, often grey-brown... read more

Voice

Contact call a piercingly high-pitched “tseet”, repeated at intervals of 0·5–1 second... read more

Habitat

Open woodlands and mallee scrub, dominated by eucalypts such as wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo... read more

Food and feeding

Mostly ants (Formicidae), but also other insects such as lepidopteran larvae and adults, beetles (Coleoptera), cockroaches (Blattodea),... read more

Breeding

Season late Aug to early Jan; two broods per season common, three broods recorded once. Breeds co-operatively, with primary (breeding) pair... read more

Movements

Sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Locally fairly common to common. Thought to have declined or disappeared in agricultural regions of Western Australia as a result of... read more

Recommended citation

Noske, R. & Sharpe, C.J. (2018). Rufous Treecreeper (Climacteris rufus). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/59856 on 13 December 2018).