Short-toed Treecreeper

      Certhia brachydactyla

      Information

      The two treecreeper species can often only be distinguished from each other in the field by their voice. The Short-toed Treecreeper, which is mainly restricted to Europe, calls with a loud “tyt tyt”. Its song is short, loud and rhythmic. In frosty weather, it looks for sheltered recesses to roost, for example under eaves, where several birds can spend the night huddled up together. They often change places so that in the course of the night each individual can spend some time in the centre of the collective roost.

      Voice

      Status (in CH)
      common 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)
      45'000 - 55'000 (2013-2016)
      Migration behaviour
      resident to short-distance migrant
      Diurnal/nocturnal migrant
      Diurnal and nocturnal migrant
      Length (cm)
      12-13
      wing span (cm)
      17-20
      Weight (g)
      8-12
      Nest site
      cavities in trees, buildings
      Food
      insects, spiders
      Group
      Treecreepers
      Habitat
      deciduous forest, orchards, settlements
      Distribution
      Distribution
      Distribution