from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of many different birds which creep up and down or about in trees.


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  • The tree-creeper is a little bird, of fearless disposition; it lives among trees, feeds on caterpillars, makes a living with ease, and has a loud clear note.

    The History of Animals

  • There's a pretty little bullfinch, and surely that's a tree-creeper on your apple tree -- not many of them about.

    Every living thing

  • Have you ever heard a tree-creeper talking to itself?

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Studies of Animal life and Character

  • I suspect it was not a mouse, but a bird, called, from its habit of running up trees, the tree-creeper.

    Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children

  • Hooded crows sailing over the uplands, and I met a flock of bright sweet goldfinches near some guns, and a tree-creeper in a copse.

    Letters to Helen Impressions of an Artist on the Western Front

  • This species displaces the Himalayan tree-creeper in the Eastern Himalayas.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

  • Another home-staying bird of the hedgerows, or rather of the hedgerow timber, is the tree-creeper.

    The Naturalist on the Thames

  • This may be the case with covered nests made of soft materials, loosely put together; but it cannot be said of the solid structure the tree-creeper bnilds, and which, as often as not, the bird erects in the most conspicuous place it can find, as if, writes Azara, it desired all the world to admire its work.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • One tree-creeper only, Furnarius rufus, the oven-bird _par excellence, _ has been mentioned, on account of its wonderful architecture, in almost every general work of natural history published during the present century; yet the oven-bird does not surpass, or even equal in interest, many others in this family of nearly three hundred members.

    The Naturalist in La Plata

  • On the other hand the great shrike, the tree-creeper, the nut-hatch, the nut-cracker, the hoopoe, and many other birds, lay from four to six or seven eggs, and yet are never abundant.

    Darwinism (1889)


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