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Spotted Creeper

Spotted Creeper
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Salpornithidae
Genus: Salpornis
Species: spilonotus
Binomial name
Salpornis spilonotus

The Spotted Creeper Salpornis spilonotus is a small passerine bird, which is the only member of the family Salpornithidae. It is found in sub-Saharan Africa and northern India in open deciduous forest and mangrove swamps. It does not migrate other than local movements.

The Spotted creeper is similar to the treecreepers, but its plumage is strongly spotted and barred.

They have thin pointed down-curved bills, which they use to extricate insects from bark, but they lack the stiff tail feathers which the true treecreepers use to support themselves on vertical trees.

Nests are tree crevices.

There are three other small bird families with 'treecreeper' or 'creeper' in their name. See also Australian treecreepers[?], Philippine creepers and treecreepers.



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