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Louisiana Waterthrush

ID Info
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Louisiana WaterthrushParkesia motacilla
  • ORDER: Passeriformes
  • FAMILY: Parulidae

Basic Description

The ringing song of the Louisiana Waterthrush, in cadence so like the rushing streams that are its home, is one of the first signs of spring in eastern North America. Its brown plumage and bold streaking help explain why this member of the warbler family has the word “thrush” in its name. At all seasons, this species stays close to moving water—especially forested streams and creeks—and bobs its rear end almost constantly. In both spring and fall, Louisiana Waterthrushes are among the earliest migrant warblers.

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Find This Bird

Look for Lousiana Waterthrushes in early spring and summer along forested streams, and listen for both the charming song and the very sharp, metallic call note. Once you’ve heard one, watch for it foraging at the water’s edge (or even on rocks in midstream), or singing from low perches along the streambanks.

Other Names

  • Reinita Charquera de Luisiana (Spanish)
  • Paruline hochequeue (French)
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