Climacteris

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Climacteris
Brown Treecreeper bowra apr07.jpg
Brown treecreeper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Climacteridae
Genus: Climacteris
Temminck, 1820

Climacteris is a genus of bird in the Climacteridae family. It contains the following species:

These birds and the other members of the family, genus Cormobates, are similar to Northern Hemisphere creepers, Certhiidae, in climbing helically up tree trunks looking for insect food. Differences from Cormobates are

  • Climacteris species have black, slightly downcurved bills.
  • They have a rusty chest stripe in the female. (In Cormobates the female is marked on the face.)
  • They have simple vocal repertoires that are the same for both sexes.
  • They lay heavily marked pinkish eggs (Simpson and Day 1999).
  • They are cooperative breeders; male offspring of previous broods and sometimes other individuals help breeding pairs (Doerr 2003).

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