Living Bird Magazine
Northern WaterthrushParkesia noveboracensis
- ORDER: Passeriformes
- FAMILY: Parulidae
A bird of northern forests, the Northern Waterthrush sings its loud, ringing song from wooded swamps and bogs. It can be seen on migration bobbing its tail near wet spots in parks or backyards.More ID Info
- Chipe Charquero (Spanish)
- Paruline des ruisseaux (French)
- Cool Facts
- The Northern Waterthrush is territorial in both winter and summer. On the breeding grounds the male proclaims its territory with its loud, ringing song. On the wintering grounds it uses its "chink" calls, together with chasing and fighting, to keep out intruders.
- The Louisiana and Northern waterthrushes are very similar species whose breeding ranges overlap slightly. Their songs and their habitats, while similar, differ significantly. The pitch of the beginning notes of the Louisiana's song usually descend, just as does the hilly stream that is its preferred habitat. The Northern Waterthrush prefers bogs and waters that are flat, just as its beginning notes stay on the same pitch.
- The oldest recorded Northern Waterthrush was at least 8 years, 11 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Michigan in 1987. It had been banded in Ontario in 1978.