Wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) - HBW 13, p. 164
French: Tichodrome échelette
Other common names: Red-winged Wallcreeper
Taxonomy: Certhia muraria Linnaeus, 1766, southern Europe.
Sometimes treated in a subfamily of the nuthatch family (Sittidae), but differs distinctly in various morphological features and also in several aspects of behaviour. Geographical variation only slight; race nepalensis considered insufficiently differentiated by some authors, who treat species as monotypic. Other proposed races are longirostra (mountains of Iran) and ognewi (Tashkent, in Uzbekistan), synonymized with nominate and nepalensis, respectively. Two subspecies currently recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- muraria (Linnaeus, 1766) - breeds in mountains of S & E Europe (Spain and S France E, including Corsica, to Italy, Balkans, Caucasus, S & E Turkey) E to N & W Iran (Zagros Mts, Elburz Mts).
- nepalensis Bonaparte, 1850 - mountains from Turkmenistan and E Iran (Kerman and Khorasan) E to Kazakhstan (Tien Shan), W Mongolia (Mongolian Altai, Gobian Altai) and, in S, to Himalayas and N, C & E China (N & E Tibetan Plateau E, discontinuously, to Hebei and W Liaoning, and to Yunnan).
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 34 videos
A bird on a stone wall, foraging and eating (spiders, insects, larvas ?) Locality Île-de-France, France
Robert Mouchard 21 February 2010 5 years ago 1 min 53 sec 5
A female in breeding plumage foraging in a wall and catching a small prey from the base of a plant (Petrocoptis hispanica). Locality Valle de Hecho, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp muraria)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2013 1 year ago 59 sec 4.6
A bird on a wall Locality Andújar, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain
Javier Ortas 18 January 2010 5 years ago 20 sec 4.6
A female looking for spiders on a wall cliff. Locality Valle de Hecho, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp muraria)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2013 1 year ago 1 min 11 sec 4.5
A close up of a bird Locality Andújar, Jaén, Andalucia, Spain
Javier Ortas 18 January 2010 5 years ago 30 sec 4.5
An adult female searching prey on a wall, climbing while flicking the wings (at slow motion 50%). Locality Valle de Hecho, Huesca, Aragón, Spain (ssp muraria)
Josep del Hoyo 7 July 2013 1 year ago 1 min 32 sec 4.4
PhotosSee all 24 photos
One of a pair of birds beside a waterfall south of Lac des Gloriettes.
Locality Gavarnie, Hautes-Pyrénées, Midi-Pyrénées, France (ssp muraria)
David Lingard 8 September 2008 3 years ago 4.4
On a cliff behind the city
Locality Dinant, Namur Province, Belgium
Marc FASOL 11 January 2015 13 weeks ago 4.4
Tichodroma muraria. Female with a prey in the bill.
Locality León, Castile and Leon, Spain
Jorge Falagán Fernández 6 July 2010 3 years ago 4.3
Bird near the Kosi river.
Locality Ramnagar, Uttarakhand, India (ssp nepalensis)
Regis Nossent 24 December 2008 3 years ago 4.2
doing a wing-stretch
Locality Balang Shan, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Wenchuan County, Sichuan, China (Northern) (ssp nepalensis)
Mark Houston 7 June 2014 30 weeks ago 4.1
Adult perched on top of a cliff
Locality Balang Shan, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Wenchuan County, Sichuan, China (Northern)
Dubi Shapiro 11 June 2013 1 year ago 4.1