Birds of Switzerland
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    Wallcreeper

    Tichodroma muraria

    Information

    Whoever discovers a Wallcreeper fluttering and climbing up a cliff is delighted by its beauty. When jerkily spreading its broad crimson wings it resembles a butterfly. This rock dweller is even more fascinating since it inhabits places that are hard to reach and is more familiar to rock climbers than most ornithologists.

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    Status (in CH)
    scarcely breeding resident
    Annual cycle
    The bar on the top line indicates during which seasons the species can be observed regularly in Switzerland. There can be great seasonal fluctuations of numbers. The middle bar indicates the typical migration seasons of a species. The bottom bar indicates the period during which the species normally breeds. As a rule it spans the period from egg-laying to fledging of the young.
    Annual cycle
    Annual cycle

    Facts

    Population size in Switzerland (Pairs)
    500 - 1'000 (2004)
    Migration behaviour
    resident to short-distance migrant
    Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
    Diurnal migrant
    Length (cm)
    16-17
    wing span (cm)
    27-32
    Weight (g)
    15-20
    Nest site
    crevices
    Food
    insects, spiders
    Group
    Wallcreepers
    Habitat
    alpine habitats, rocky terrain
    Distribution
    Distribution
    Distribution