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9 Birds That Can Walk Down A Tree (Must-See!)

The phenomenon of birds that can walk down a tree is not common, but there are many types of birds that can do this. In this article we will be exploring the most common types of birds and their ability to walk down trees. 

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Nuthatch
Image by Peggy Dyar from Pixabay

The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a common woodland bird in North America. It has the unique ability to walk down trees head first and then turn around so it can climb back up.  They have been known to do this in order to get food, such as insects, or because they are startled by something on the ground. This skill gives them an advantage over other birds that cannot move up and down vertical surfaces.

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch
Image by Jack Bulmer from Pixabay

Does the White-breasted Nuthatch walk down trees? Yes, they do. They are known to climb up and down trees with agility that is unequaled by any other bird in North America. These birds have an interesting behavior of pecking at insects living in the bark and sapwood of trees. The nuthatches use their strong bills to drill into the tree bark or sapwood where many species of insects reside.

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Pygmy Nuthatch

The Pygmy Nuthatch is a very small bird common in British Columbia, northwest U.S, western U.S., central Mexico. These birds have the most unusual behaviors among birds. When they are in danger, or if they need to move from one tree to another, they will walk down trees head first. They also do this for nesting and other activities such as bathing.  The nuthatches are often seen climbing up and down the tree trunks, looking for insects to eat. They have long legs with sharp claws so they can hold on to the bark of the tree.

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed Nuthatch
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Brown-headed Nuthatches are a very small type of bird that is often found in North America. These birds typically live around coniferous trees, and they spend most of their time climbing up the tree trunks to get food, or down the tree trunk when frightened. Brown-headed Nuthatches have many adaptations for climbing trees. Their toes are long and curved so they can grip onto the bark easily, and their feet have stiff bristles on them which helps them with traction.

American Treecreeper

American Treecreeper
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The American Treecreeper is a small, drab-colored bird that lives in the forests of North America. Unlike most birds, this species can climb down trees head first and can be found at all levels of tree trunks. The American Treecreeper has an interesting behavior when it comes to climbing down trees: they will often go up one side of the trunk and then down the other! This odd habit may help them keep track of where they are.

Eurasion Treecreeper

Eurasion Treecreeper
Image by Erik Karits from Pixabay

The Common Treecreeper is a bird that lives in the North of Europe and Asia. It has an unusual way of getting around by walking down trees. This makes it easier for them to get food from high up in the tree canopy.  They are usually seen near water and in woodlands where they feed on insects, spiders, larvae, snails and slugs from leaves or bark.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
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Downy Woodpeckers are small woodpeckers that live in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. Downy Woodpeckers are able to climb up and down trees with ease. They have strong claws that allow them to grip the bark of the tree, but they also have their beaks for additional support. The Downy Woodpecker’s can pick up insects from the bark or other parts of a tree.  They do this by using their barbed tongues to get insects out of crevices in the bark.

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Hairy Woodpecker

hairy woodpecker
Photo by Codi Burley on Unsplash

 The Hairy Woodpeckers, which are found in North America and Eurasia, have very long claws that help them cling to the bark of trees as they forage for food. They usually travel on the tree trunk from branch to branch but will descend a tree head first by walking down it with their feet against the trunk and their beak pointed upwards towards where they want to go. 

Great-spotted Woodpecker

Great-spotted Woodpecker
Image by Kurt Bouda from Pixabay

The Great-spotted Woodpecker is a type of woodpecker that can walk down a tree head first. It does this by holding onto the bark with its claws and sliding down, using the claw on its right foot to push off from branches as it goes. They are able to do this because they have two toes at the back of their feet, rather than just one. This helps them get around in trees more easily than other types of woodpeckers.