Real World Gardener Brown Treecreeper is Wildlife in Focus

August 21st, 2015

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WILDLIFE IN FOCUS

 

Talking about the Brown Treecreeper with Consulting Ecologist, Kurtis Lindsay.

A little while ago, you may have heard about a bird on this show that creeps up and down trees.



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Image Chris Tzaros

The brown treecreeper, is the biggest treecreeper in Australia and is more arid adapted than its cousin.

About the size of a Pee Wee, the brown treecreeper has shades of brown with white flecks and paler eyebrows with a little black mask on its eyes almost like a zorro mask.

It also has hidden orange

Unlike the White throated treecreeper that always stays on the trees, the brown treecreeper can be found not only foraging in trees but also on the ground. They peck and probe for insects, mostly ants, amongst the litter, tussocks and fallen timber, and along trunks and lateral branches In fact up to 80% of the diet is comprised of ants.

Some birds are opportunistic so that when they lose their habitat they can adapt to living amongst humans in big cities and towns.

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Image-Chris Tzaros



Others are more shy and loss of habitat, fragmentation of woodland and forest remnants which isolates populations leads to local extinctions.

Also the ongoing degradation of habitat, particularly the loss of tree hollows and fallen timber from firewood collection and overgrazing is another major threat to these birds.

Fortunately, people are understanding the value of having trees on their property.

The critical factor thous is to leave fallen wood and trees as well.

Did you know that this treecreeper has an amazing diet?

Apart from ants making up 80% of the diet they also eat other invertebrates (including spiders, insects larvae, moths, beetles, flies, hemipteran bugs, cockroaches, termites and lacewings) making up the remaining percentage; Plus they like the nectar from Mugga Ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) and paperbarks, and sap from a eucalypt are also eaten, along with lizards and food scraps.

Young birds are fed ants, insect larvae, moths, craneflies, spiders and butterfly and moth larvae.

If you have any questions about Brown Tree Creepers, why not email realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR P.O. Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.

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