from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A long-billed crimson and gray bird (Tichodroma muraria) of mountainous regions of Eurasia and Africa, that feeds on insects on rocky cliffs.


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  • It is a breeding area for the Alpine swift Apus melba and a wintering site for the wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria.

    Skocjan Caves Regional Park, Slovenia

  • Тhere are many rock birds such as rock nuthatch (Sitta neumayer), wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), pied wheatear (Oenanthe pleschanka).

    Gissaro-Alai open woodlands


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  • A small passerine bird native to the high mountains of Eurasia. It is the only member of the genus Tichodroma. Also see wall-creeper.

    January 8, 2011