Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/53638

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Climacteridae
Genus:Climacteris
Genus species:Climacteris melanura

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:17-19 cm
Identification:The black-tailed tree creeper has a down-curved bill and a brownish black head and upperparts. There is no eyebrow and a dull rufous belly.
Habitat:Forests, drier woodlands forest clearings, and eucalyptus along streams
Diet:Omnivore: insects, seeds and nuts.
Reproduction:Males will establish and defend a territory through song. Four to six eggs are produced per clutch. Only the female incubates the young and both parents feed the young. Incubation lasts from 13 to 17 days.
Outside of the breeding season, black-tailed tree creepers are solitary.
Behavior:The black-tailed treecreeper bobs its tail when resting.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The legs of tree creepers appear disproportionately short, but this is a very functional design. Along with long toes and claws, the short legs enable them to cling closely to the side of trees as they search for food.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Australia Date:1972-01 Subjects:Black-tailed tree creeper
tree-clinging bird
Creepers (Birds)
Creepers (Birds) -- Infancy
Passeriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata