Family Australasian Treecreepers (Climacteridae)

Least Concern

White-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris affinis)


French: Échelet à sourcils blancs German: Weißbrauen-Baumrutscher Spanish: Corretroncos cejiblanco

Climacteris affinis


, 1863,

Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia


Races intergrade in South Australia (Flinders Ranges). Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. a. superciliosus North, 1895 – arid S Western Australia E to ranges of C Australia, and E South Australia (W edge of Flinders Ranges).
  • C. a. affinis Blyth, 1863 – SW Queensland, W New South Wales, NW Victoria and SE South Australia.
  • Descriptive notes

    14–16 cm; 21 g. Male nominate race has broad white eyebrow contrasting with black lores, tapering above ear-coverts, which are streaked black and white; crown and... read more


    Main call a ringing insect-like trill, sometimes described as “rasping call”; also a... read more


    Tall shrublands and low woodlands of arid and semi-arid regions, usually dominated by acacias (... read more

    Food and feeding

    No detailed studies. Food mainly ants (Formicidae), but also small numbers of spiders (Araneae), beetles (Coleoptera), moths (Lepidoptera... read more


    Season Jul (Western Australia) or late Aug (Victoria) to late Nov, but timing differs from one year to another; majority attempt second... read more



    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Relatively uncommon. Considered vulnerable in Victoria, where its range has contracted due to selective clearing of its preferred habitats of belah... read more

    Recommended citation

    Noske, R. (2020). White-browed Treecreeper (Climacteris affinis). 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).