White-throated Treecreeper at the Birdbath

To: "John Gordon" <>, "Canberrabirds" <>
Subject: White-throated Treecreeper at the Birdbath
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2008 18:24:02 +1000
That is an interesting thing and has been noted before. I have referred to it in my 21 Year GBS Report (not in the 18 year edition).


A family "out on their own" with which to start the order Passeriformes. They climb up and around the branches foraging for insects, etc. such as ants. Their forward toes are partly joined (syndactylous) (see Sibley et al. 1984), a feature apparently unique among passerines, that could be an adaptation to their tree-climbing lifestyle. They are reported to use bird baths, strangely entering the water by walking backwards."

Separately, I can mention that in the 23 years that I have been doing a GBS at my house in Kambah, I have only had one White-throated Treecreeper attend the area. That bird arrived a day or 2 after the 18-1-2003 fires and stayed in my yard for about 2 weeks.


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