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Louisiana Waterthrush

Parkesia motacilla ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: PARULIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A bird of forest streams, the Louisiana Waterthrush looks more like a thrush or sparrow than the warbler it is. It can be recognized by its loud ringing call and constant bobbing of its tail.

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Appearance

Warblers
Warblers
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Small songbird.
  • Brown back.
  • White underside with dark stripes.
  • White eyestripe.
  • Constantly bobs its tail.

Immature Description

Immature like adult.

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Similar Species

  • Very similar to Northern Waterthrush. Northern usually has stripes on throat, a slightly smaller bill, a thinner and off-white or cream eyestripe that does not extend as far onto the nape, less pink legs, and a more yellowish wash on the underparts.
  • Ovenbird is more olive on back, is whiter underneath, has a white eyering, and orange and black crown stripes.
  • Thrushes are spotted, not streaked, on the chest.

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