Family Treecreepers (Certhiidae)

Near Threatened

Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis)


French: Grimpereau du Sichuan German: Sichuanbaumläufer Spanish: Agateador de Sichuan

Certhia familiaris tianquanensis

Li Guiyuan

, 1995,

Tianquan County, Sichuan, China


Originally described as race of C. familiaris, but since found to be sympatric. Morphology, vocalizations and genetic studies (cytochrome b) support its treatment as a separate species, and further indicate that C. nipalensis is its closest relative. Various original spellings; present spelling was selected by First Revisers#R. Monotypic.


N & C Sichuan and SW Shaanxi (Qinling Mts#R), in China.

Descriptive notes

c. 14 cm. A relatively large and long-tailed treecreeper with strikingly short bill, and strong contrast between whitish throat and dark underparts. Crown, nape, mantle and... read more


Song a loud, rapid, high-pitched trill, starting explosively but tailing off and falling in pitch... read more


High-altitude forest dominated by open, old-growth stands of Emei fir (Abies fabri) with... read more

Food and feeding

Little information. Has been noted as foraging in upper third of tall trees, on trunk and on underside of moss-covered branches.


Five active nests found in May–Jun were in cracks and fissures of dead fir stems, 1·7–13 m above the ground; nest... read more


Poorly known. Presumably resident, with seasonal altitudinal movements.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. ­Restricted-range species: present in West Sichuan Mountains EBA. Previously listed as Vulnerable.... read more

Recommended citation

Harrap, S. (2020). Sichuan Treecreeper (Certhia tianquanensis). 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 23 January 2020).