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


Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. Sydney Birds and Where to Find Them, Peter Roberts. The 30 top bird-watching localities in and around Sydney. These birding hot spots stretch from Tuggerah Lakes on the Central Coast to Lake Illawarra near Wollongong and from the Blue Mountains in the west to some surprisingly accessible sites tucked away in the heart of the city. Each locality entry lists the key species to look out for including rare and seasonal visitors. It describes how to access the location, and what amenities to expect; maps are featured. There is also a handy list of Sydney birds, each entry providing information on the best spots to find it.

Purchase from Australia (Booktopia)

Click here to purchase from Australia (The Nile) $26.51 AUD

Click here to purchase from Australia (Fishpond) Probably more expensive


Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe NEW: Field Guide to Australian Birds, by Michael Morcombe. This one has colour drawings of the eggs and the nests which not many other field guides do (I can't think of any that do). It's an excellent field guide and one of the four main ones (the other three being above this one). The weakness of this field guide is that some of the pictures of the birds aren't as good (or accurate) as the other three most used field guides. It's also the heaviest though there is a pocket edition which is much smaller and lighter.

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Purchase from Australia (Angus & Robertson)

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