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Temporal range: Late Miocene - Recent
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Tichodromidae
Swainson, 1827
Genus: Tichodroma
Illiger, 1811

Tichodroma is the only known genus in the family Tichodromidae. Initially, Linnaeus placed Tichodroma in the family Certhiidae, along with the treecreepers.,[1] while other athourities have placed it the nuthatch family Sittidae, as its own subfamily. A 2016 phylogenetic study of members in the superfamily Certhioidea suggests it is a sister of the Sittidae.[2]

The wallcreeper (Tichodroma muraria) is the only extant species, but the extinct Tichodroma capeki is known from the Late Miocene of Polgardi, Hungary.[3]


  1. ^ Campbell, Bruce; Elizabeth Lack (1985). A Dictionary of Birds. Calton: T & A D Poyser. pp. 638–39. ISBN 0-85661-039-9.
  2. ^ Zhao, Min; Alström, Per; Olsson, Urban; Qu, Yanhua; Lei, Fumin (2016). "Phylogenetic position of the Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria". Journal of Ornithology. 157 (3): 913. doi:10.1007/s10336-016-1340-8. S2CID 26838254.
  3. ^ Kessler, E. 2013. Neogene songbirds (Aves, Passeriformes) from Hungary. – Hantkeniana, Budapest, 2013, 8: 37-149.