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Treecreeper

Description


There are no points for guessing what this bird likes to do! The nature of a Treecreeper is to feed on insects and spiders, and they do this with the help of a slightly downwardly curved beak that is twice as long as most birds of similar size.They probe the bark of a tree to find their meals. Treecreepers measure from 12 to 18 centimetres in length, and are speckly brown above and mainly white below, with a long forked tail. They often climb up tree trunks in a helical path, hopping with their feet together; their toes are long and tipped with strongly curved claws for gripping. They are small and very active, and live in trees. It breeds in the UK and is resident here. They do move around a little, in the breeding season, but tend to stay local most of the year. You will find Treecreepers on the trunks of trees in woodland. In autumn and winter, and you may see them in flocks of tits and other small birds.
 

Quick Facts


First clutches laid
Late April

Number of broods
2

Number in Britain
400,000

Conservation Status UK
Green

Status in UK
Resident Breeder

Length
12 cm

Wingspan
19 cm

Weight
10g

Habitat
Forest, woodland

First Record
11th Century

Egg Size
16x12 mm

Egg Weight
1.2 g

Clutch Size
5-6 eggs

Incubation
13-17 days

Fledging
15-17 days

Age at First Breeding
1 year

Typical Lifespan
2 years

Maximum Recorded Age
8 years, 0 months

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