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Northern Waterthrush

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Photo by D. TaylorWayne County, North Carolina, September 2011
Photo by D. Taylor
Wayne County, North Carolina, September 2011
Parkesia noveboracensis

Seiurus noveboracensis


[edit] Identification

12-14 cm

  • Brown back
  • Whitish or creamy underside with dark stripes
  • Whitish or yellowish eyestripe

Sexes similar

[edit] Similar species

Louisiana Waterthrush See Sibley's take on these two5

[edit] Distribution

Alaska, most of Canada south to the northern U.S. in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and western Montana; in the east south to Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
Winters to the West Indies and northern South America.

[edit] Taxonomy

[edit] Subspecies

Clements considers this a monotypic species1 while Dunn et al.2 recognize the following three subspecies:

  • P. n. limnaeus - breeds in central British Columbia
  • P. n. notabilis - breeds across the western range to western Quebec
  • P. n. noveboracensis - breeds from eastern Quebec to the southern part of range

It was formerly placed in genus Seiurus.

[edit] Habitat

Wooded swamps, thickets of bogs, margins of northern lakes, and willow and alder bordered rivers.

[edit] Behaviour

[edit] Diet

Main food consists of invertebrates found on the ground. Feeding behavior includes tossing leaf litter aside to find hidden prey.

[edit] Vocalisation

Song: loud and ringing, starts with several phrases on one pitch, followed by an accelerating jumble of short, rapid phrases dropping slightly in pitch.
Call: a sharp, metallic "chink."

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2012. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to October 2012. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at
  2. Dunn, Jon; Garrett, Kimball. 1997. A Field Guide to Warblers of North America. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 9780395783214
  3. 51st supplement to the AOU checklist of North American birds
  4. All About Birds
  5. Sibley's id paper on Waterthrush identification

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