European Wallcreeper - Tichodroma muraria muraria
This wonderful bird is included in the Red Book of Bulgaria - a status of Vulnerable species. It is rarely encountered - due to increased touristic traffic and the construction of tourist sites some of the registered habitats have been abandoned. It breeds on rock massifs, sometimes quite high.
I managed to capture this beauty in Greece on a dull cloudy cold day. It was worth the freezing and waiting for more than three hours to appear.
The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is a small passerine bird found throughout the high mountains of Eurasia from southern Europe to central China. It is the only extant member of both the genus Tichodroma and the family Tichodromidae.
Two subspecies are recognized:
European wallcreeper (T. m. muraria) - (Linnaeus, 1766): Found from southern and eastern Europe to the Caucasus and western Iran
T. m. nepalensis - Bonaparte, 1850: Originally described as a separate species... more