Local Name (Spain): Agateador común ("Common Crawler")
Featured Subspecies: Certhia bracydactyla megarhyncha
While visually very similar to Eurasian Treecreeper, the Short-Toed Treecreeper is a subtly cifferent and related species found on mainland Europe. Personally, this isn't a species I wold feel confident separating in the field in the many parts of Europe where they overlap, but, fortunately for me the Short-Toed Treecreeper is absent from the British Isles (though it is found on the Channel Isles) while in much of Spain, including Madrid, the Short-Toed is the only species present. However, with this picture you can see one of the more obvious diagnostic features; compared to the Common Treecreeper, the white bar on the wing has even serrations rather that erratic ones. There are also subtle differences in colour and dimensions and a different song.
Subspecies: C, b, megarhyncha, C. b. brachydactyl, C. b mauritanica, C. b dorotheae, C. b. harterti
- Sighting Locations -
SPAIN - Locally common resident- MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen in small numbers around the river at El Pardo
Further Notes: RSPB, Wikipedia, BirdGuides, BirdForum Opus, Arkive, IUCN Red List