Creepers forage singly, in pairs, or in mixed-species flocks. Foraging behavior is distinctive and consists of flying to the base of a tree, then gleaning and probing rough bark for insects while climbing the trunk. Creepers also forage for prey on limbs by clinging to the underside and creeping outward from the trunk almost to the tip of the main branch. Treecreepers typically climb the trunk in a jerky, spiral motion.

Treecreepers roost singly, in pairs, or sometimes in small groups during the nonbreeding season, probably for warmth. Some species roost arranged in a small circle with individuals facing one another.

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