Breeds in thickets near slow-moving streams, ponds, swamps, and bogs; in migration and winter, uses a variety of wooded habitats, generally near water, often in mangroves.Back to top
Insects. Also other arthropods, snails, and occasionally small fish.Back to top
Open cup of moss and leaves, lined with fine plant stems, rootlets, hair, and moss. May construct entranceway of whole dead leaves. Nest placed in small hollow or cavity under fallen log, or within roots of an upturned tree.
|Clutch Size:||1-6 eggs|
|Egg Description:||White with dark spots and scrawls concentrated around large end.|
Feeds mainly on ground, wades in shallow water.Back to top
Northern Waterthrush are common and widespread. However, U.S. populations experienced a small decline between 1966 and 2014, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Partners in Flight estimates a global breeding population of 19 million with 28% spending part of the year in the U.S., 72% in Canada, and 25% in Mexico. They rate a 10 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score and are not listed in the 2014 State of the Birds Report. Back to top
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