Brown Treecreeper--Cape York Race.

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Subject: Brown Treecreeper--Cape York Race.
From: "Del Richards" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2005 11:17:52 +1000
Commenting on Noel Luff's thoughts about this northern sub-species one of the 
defining behavioral differences is the fact that it doesn't come to ground. In 
ten years of guiding the closest thing that I have noted to being in any way 
terrestrial is "catching a few rays" atop a large termite mound a sunrise and 
once bathing on a hot day.
    Physically they are a much more contrasting in colour than depicted in 
field guides. The birds west of the Mossman area having buff brows and wing 
    Why ever they were changed from "Black Treecreeper" is a good mystery to 
this bird observer and should be reinstated as a rightful separate species.
    Sadly around the Mitchell River Catchment their numbers appear to be in 
decline. I believe that this decline is due to bush fires late in the "Dry" 
particularly in the cases where they occur through the night where birds (and 
other wildlife) would lose all orientation and sence of direction.

Del Richards, Fine Feather Tours, Mossman, NQ.
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