Family Climacteridae

Treecreepers are smallish stocky brown birds of Australian forests and woodlands. They forage mainly for ants, generally on the trunks and main branches of standing and fallen trees. They spiral upward around trunks and outward on limbs, hopping with one foot in front of the other. They then glide directly down to the base of the next tree, to work their way upwards once more. Their bills are slender and curved slightly downward for probing crevices in bark, while their feet are relatively large and strong for gripping the vertical surfaces of tree trunks. Of the three ACT resident treecreepers, the Red-browed Treecreeper has not been recorded in the Garden Bird Survey.