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 Brown Creeper

Order:  Passeriformes
Family:  Certhiidae
Genus:  Certhia
Species: americana

La. passer sparrow, small bird
La. forma form, kind, species
Gr. kerthios small, tree dwelling
La certhius a creeper
La. americana
  for the American

About five inches long. Camouflaged with irregular brown and ashy white stripes, the wings being somewhat barred.

Brown Creeper, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Birds of America, 1917

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

Long brown rigid (like a woodpecker's) tail. Buff white underside. Long, thin bill with a pronounced downward curve.

The Brown Creeper is found in coniferous and mixed forests and wooded towns in North America from Appalachia, New England and the Great Lakes regions north into the Canadian Provinces and from southwest U.S. to Northern British Columbia, Alberta and southern Alaska. Winters throughout most of the U.S. and southern Canada.

USGS Brown Creeper Map

Builds nests by cramming twigs, fine bark strips, feathers, moss and spider cocoons behind the loose bark of dead tree trunks or 

stumps, and in natural or abandoned tree cavities being somewhat particular to balsam firs.

Also attracted to rustic and bark covered bird houses.
Lays four to eight creamy-white speckled eggs which hatch after about two weeks incubation and offspring leave the nest in about another two weeks.
Active birds, usually seen creeping (Latin: certhius, a creeper) up tree trunks foraging in bark crevices for beetles, larvae and insect eggs.

Also eats pine cone seeds.

The Brown Creeper nest box has a 4" by 4" floor, 8" inside ceiling, 1 3/8" diameter entrance hole located 6" above the floor and ventilation openings.

Assembled with corrosion resistant screws fit to pre-drilled countersunk pilot holes.  Hinged roof is secured with a brass hook for easy access.


Nestbox for House Wrens, Bewick's Wrens, Winter Wrens, and Brown Creepers
Brown Creeper Nest Box Plans


Brown Creeper, R. Bruce Horsfall, A Year with the Birds, Alice Ball, 1916
Mount on tree or post in a secluded area in the woods between four and ten feet high with partial sun and shade. Remove the nest after the brood rearing seasons are over.  


Brown Creeper Song, F. Schuyler Mathews



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