General Description

White-throated Treecreepers are dark brown with a distinct white throat and chest. They have white streaks and a barred undertail. Females have an orange cheek patch. The bill is long and curved. Bill to tail length is up to 17 cm. They ascend tree trunks in a characteristic spiralling motion. Call a loud continuous piping call. They are commonly heard before they are seen.


White-throated Treecreepers establish permanent territories. Their diet consists mainly of ants, but they will also eat other invertebrates and nectar. They are rarely seen on the ground, foraging instead in trees, capturing prey while perched or by climbing head first up tree trunks using their long curved bills to probe under the bark and in crevices for invertebrates. Nests are built by the females within tree hollows and are lined with fur, hair and bark. Two broods can be raised in the breeding season, with chicks receiving care from both parents. Typical clutch size is two to three eggs. Unlike other treecreepers, they do not partake in cooperative breeding.


South-eastern and eastern mainland Australia.


Forests, rainforests and woodlands.

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