Treecreeper - Certhia familiaris


The Treecreeper is small, very active, bird that creeps up the trunks of trees, rather mouse-like. It has a long, slender, down curved bill and is speckly brown above and mainly white below. It breeds in the UK and is resident here. Its population is mainly stable.

Identification difficulty

Best looked for on the trunks of trees in suitable woodland. In autumn and winter, it often joins flocks of tits and other small birds.

When to see it

All year round

Life History

It nests in tree crevices or behind bark flakes. It eats mainly insects which it picks from crevices in the bark with its fine curved bill.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly common in Britain

VC55 Status

A common breeding bird in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Species profile

Common names
Eurasian Treecreeper, Treecreeper, Tree Creeper
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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
14/11/1993 (Ian Retson)
Last record:
31/03/2024 (Smith, Peter)

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