Short-toed Treecreeper (Certhia brachydactyla)
Short-toed Treecreeper, Ag. Irini Gorge, Crete, November 2002 - click for larger image Ag. Irini Gorge, Crete
November 2002

The Short-toed Treecreeper is found in continental Europe, Turkey and North Africa. It is not normally found in Britain.

It is very similar to the Eurasian Treecreeper Certhia familiaris and the differences between the two species are so slight as to make identification difficult.

Compared to the Eurasian Treecreeper, the Short-toed Treecreeper tends to be duller, with a longer bill, brownish flanks and even steps on the wing-bar. Its voice is slightly different and tends to be louder and it was its song that called my attention to this otherwise cryptic bird.
Fortunately, from an identification point of view, it is the only Treecreeper to be found in Crete, around Mediterranean coasts and in much of France, Iberia and the Low Countries.
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