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Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

The Brown Creepers have an appearance very reminiscent of a wren, but their behaviour is more like a nuthatch.  These birds range across most of temperate North America in mature, coniferous forests. Nuthatches are usually observed climbing down tree trunks. Because of the need to use their tails as a brace, Brown Creepers are not capable of downward movement, and always climb up the trees. The cryptic patterning on their back provide these birds with a marvelous ability to almost dissappear against tree-bark.

There are 15 recognized subspecies of Brown Creepers. Most of the birds I’ve met I believe to be Certhia americana occidentalis, but the birds I met at Madera Canyon in Arizona appear to be a different subspecies, probably Certhia americana montana.

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