One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small songbird with drab plumage and a downcurved bill, which creeps about on the trunks of trees to search for insects.
a Eurasian and North American bird (Certhia, family Certhiidae, in particular the common C. familiaris).
an Australasian bird (family Climacteridae and genus Climacteris).Compare with creeper (sense 2)
- ‘At one time treecreepers appeared regularly in our garden, often in company with mixed parties of roving tits and goldcrests.’
- ‘For every obvious crossbill, razorbill, greenfinch, woodpecker, warbler, treecreeper, swift or flycatcher there is a mysterious wigeon, garganey, gadwall, bittern, siskin, pipit, shrike or twite.’
- ‘The birdwatcher tipped me off about the treecreepers on the edge of the wood, but I forgot to look when I got there because the view was so eye-catching.’
- ‘Other victims have included young treecreepers and house sparrows.’
- ‘Food bars or fat hung up or rubbed into the bark of trees is a great help for treecreepers, goldcrests and many other species.’
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