A long-billed crimson and gray bird (Tichodroma muraria) of mountainous regions of Eurasia and Africa, that feeds on insects on rocky cliffs.
A small, Eurasian passerine bird (Tichodroma muraria) with red-and-black wings, living in cliffs and town walls: in the same family (Sittidae) as the nuthatches.
As characteristic birds of the snow-region may be mentioned the alpine chough (Pyrrhocorax alpinus), which is frequently seen at the summits even of the loftiest mountains, the alpine swift (Cypselus melba), the wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria), snow-finch (Montifringilla nivalis) and ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus); the geographical distribution of this last being similar to that of the mountain hare.
higher up the valley we shall look for raptors such as Booted & Short-toed Eagles and the elusive Wallcreeper.
This area also offers one chance of finding the crimson-winged wallcreeper - no mean feat in a landscape so vast.
We saw a wallcreeper on the southeast facing cliffs soon after dawn.
We have a good chance of seeing the elusive wallcreeper here, flirting its wings like a big crimson-winged butterfly.