Short-toed Treecreeper

Certhia brachydactyla (CL Brehm, 1820) TH SHTTR 14870
Family: Passeriformes > Certhiidae

Short-toed Treecreeper, Yoav Perlman

Although widely distributed in Europe (including the Channel Islands), the Short-toed Treecreeper is a very rare visitor to Britain (and hasn't been recorded in Ireland).

It looks extremely similar to the more familiar Treecreeper and is best distinguished by its song.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter


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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


Within the region covered by th Britain & Ireland atlases the Short-toed Treecreeper is restricted to the Channel Islands. Occasional vagrants are identified on the south and east coasts of Britain, including one record during the Atlas period, but none have yet shown signs of breeding.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK

European Distribution Map

European Breeding Bird Atlas 2


Change in occupied 10-km squares in the UK


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Short-toed Treecreeper, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


Sample sizes are too small to report Biometrics for this species.

Feather measurements and photos on featherbase


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Dringwr Bach Bodiau-cwta
Catalan: raspinell comú
Czech: šoupálek krátkoprstý
Danish: Korttået Træløber / Parktræløber
Dutch: Boomkruiper
Estonian: aedporr
Finnish: etelänpuukiipijä
French: Grimpereau des jardins
German: Gartenbaumläufer
Hungarian: rövidkarmú fakusz
Icelandic: Garðfeti
Italian: Rampichino comune
Latvian: ispirkstu mizložna
Lithuanian: sodinis liputis
Norwegian: Kortklotrekryper
Polish: pelzacz ogrodowy
Portuguese: trepadeira
Slovak: kôrovník krátkoprstý
Slovenian: kratkoprsti plezalcek
Spanish: Agateador europeo
Swedish: trädgårdsträdkrypare


Interpretation and scientific publications about Short-toed Treecreeper from BTO scientists.


Peer-reviewed papers

A method to evaluate the combined effect of tree species composition and woodland structure on indicator birds

2015 | Dondina, O., Orioli. V., Massimino, D., Pinoli, G. & Bani, L.Ecological Indicators

Providing quantitative management guidelines is essential for an effective conservation of forest-dependent animal communities.

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