White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus

White-throated Treecreeper

Cormobates leucophaeus

Family: Climacteridae (Australo-Papuan Treecreepers, 6 species in Australia).
Size: 13-15 cm
Distribution: Within about 1000 km of the coasts of NSW, Southern QLD, most of VIC small parts of southeast SA
Status: Common
Habitat: Rainforests, sclerophyll forests, woodlands
References: Simpson and Day, Reader's Digest

If you have ever seen a White-throated Treecreeper you will know instantly why it is called a "treecreeper". It literally creeps up tree trunks, looking for insects and grubs to eat. When it nears the top of the tree it flies down and starts again from near the bottom of the same or another tree. It is often seen in the Blue Mountains in native bush and in domestic gardens that are close to native bush. It has a call that sounds a little like the most common call of the Eastern Spinebill, except lower in pitch, more time between the "pips", and each pip has a slight change of pitch in it — unlike the Eastern Spinebill who's "pips" stay on the same pitch.

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Photo: Blaxland, Blue Mountains NSW

White-throated Treecreeper - Cormobates leucophaeus
Artwork: John Gould, 'The Birds of Australia', 1848. Original Scanned Image.

Some Birdwatching Resources


The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia, Graham Pizzey and Frank Knight. This is the other of the two best bird field guides for Australia. It is the one preferred by many serious birdwatchers. However I find the pictures a bit dull looking for my taste — the birds all kind of look the same to me, making it harder to remember them in my mind. The illustrations are meant to be the most anatomically correct, though. The text descriptions are better than in Simpson and Day. If you want the most serious bird field guide get this one otherwise get Simpson and Day.

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Booktopia)

Purchase 9th ed. from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

Click here to purchase 9th ed. from Australia (The Nile)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to preorder the 9th ed. from Amazon


Birdsong, Don Stap Birdsong, Don Stap. From the promotional material: "Following one of the world's experts on birdsong from the woods of Martha's Vineyard to the tropical forests of Central America, Don Stap brings to life the quest to unravel an ancient mystery: Why do birds sing and what do their songs mean? We quickly discover that one question leads to another. Why does the chestnut-sided warbler sing one song before dawn and another after sunrise? Why does the brown thrasher have a repertoire of two thousand songs when the chipping sparrow has only one? And how is the hermit thrush able to sing a duet with itself, producing two sounds simultaneously to create its beautiful, flutelike melody?"

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond)

Click here to purchase from Wilderness Awareness School $24.00 USD (May not work)

See Also

Australian Bird Field Guides

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