White-throated Treecreeper (species: Cormobates leucophaea) in Yarragin NP (Gaia Guide)
Cormobates leucophaea
White-throated Treecreeper

©Tom Tarrant: White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)

©David Cook: Male White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)

©David Cook: Female White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea) showing the orange spot on the neck which the male doesn't have
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Climacteridae
Genus Cormobates
Species Cormobates leucophaea
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has a white throat and breast and barred dark-brown and white belly and flanks. The upperparts and wings are a dark greyish brown, with a buff patch visible on the wings. Unlike other treecreepers, it does not have a pale eyebrow. The bill and feet are black. The female has a pale orange-brown patch on the cheek. Immature birds have an orange-brown rump and white markings on the scapulars.(Wikipedia)


  • From 13 cm to 15 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 19 cm to 26 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: White-throated Treecreeper (Cormobates leucophaea)

Distribution and habitat preferences

It is found from the Gulf St Vincent in South Australia, through Victoria, and eastern New South Wales and southeastern Queensland, with an area further north from Mount Spec to Cooktown. Wet sclerophyll forest and rainforest is the preferred habitat. (Wikipedia

Audio recordings


Recorded at Genowlan Rd, Glen Alice, New South Wales in Australia

© Marc Anderson


Recorded at Royal National Park, New South Wales in Australia

© Marc Anderson


It is predominantly insectivorous, eating mainly ants, although will eat also nectar.It prefers foraging on the rough-barked eucalypt, the Red Stringybark (Eucalyptus macrorhyncha), rather than the smooth barked species, the Inland Scribbly Gum (Eucalyptus rossii). BirdsĀ  glean (take prey while perched) and peer, as well as drill in dead wood, for insects. (Wikipedia)

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