Nature conservation

Threatened species

White-browed Treecreeper population in Carrathool local government area south of the Lachlan River and Griffith local government area - profile

Indicative distribution

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Scientific name: Climacteris affinis - endangered population
Conservation status in NSW: Endangered Population
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Gazetted date: 06 Dec 2002
Profile last updated: 01 Dec 2017


A small, dark treecreeper. It differs from the somewhat similar Brown Treecreeper in having boldly streaked ear-coverts and underparts. Call is also a useful way of distinguishing the two species, with the White-browed described as thin insect-like calls compared to the frequent loud 'spink' calls of the Brown.


In NSW, occupies a broad area of western NSW, west from a line from Balranald to Lake Cargelligo then Lightning Ridge. The species appears absent in the far north west of the state with no records occurring west of a line from Broughams Gate, 100km northwest of Broken Hill to Hungerford. A small population, now recognised as isolated, occurs in Carrathool local government area south of the Lachlan River and Griffith local government areas.

Habitat and ecology

  • Occurs in a range of semi-arid and arid tall shrublands and woodlands across the southern half of Australia. In NSW, the species occupies a variety of habitats including Mulga, Brigalow, Gidgee, Belah, Buloke and White Cypress. The species may also occur in habitats adjacent to those detailed above, including Coolibah, River Red Gum and Black Box.
  • Occur singularly, in pairs and occasionally in small family groups numbering five or fewer.
  • Forage arboreally in shrubs and on tree trunks and branches. It will also feed on the ground through litter and fallen branches and across bare ground. The species has an insectivorous diet, which is dominated by ants. Other insects and spiders are also taken and the diet may include vegetation such as chenopod fruit.

Regional distribution and habitat

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Information sources

IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Cobar PeneplainLachlan Plains Known None
Murray Darling DepressionDarling Depression Predicted None
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Known None
RiverinaLachlan Known None
RiverinaMurrumbidgee Predicted None