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Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisana Waterthrush
Louisana Waterthrush

© Greg Lavaty

Seiurus motacilla

Family: (Parulidae) Wood-Warblers

Preferred Habitat: Woodland streams.

Seasonal Occurrence: Common in spring; uncommon in fall.

Profile by Vicki Stittleburg: The Louisiana Waterthrush resembles a thrush or sparrow more than the warbler it is. The bird has brown upperparts, white underparts with dark streaks, a buff orange wash on its flanks, pink legs, a white throat, long bill, and a buff and white eyebrow. Adults, both male and female, and juveniles all look alike. The Louisiana Waterthrush is usually spotted on the ground along woodland streams as it forages for food such as insects, spiders, earthworms, and occasionally small frogs and fish.

Waterthrushes can be easily identified by their habit of bobbing their heads and moving their tails up and down as they walk. The species name of the bird is motacilla which is Latin for "wagtail". Louisiana Waterthrush breed in eastern Texas. When establishing his territory, a male sings vigorously nearly all day. After he acquires a mate, singing decreases quickly and he concentrates his singing into the morning hours.

Comments by Don Verser: Louisiana Waterthrush are very early migrants but the bulk of migration must be inland since few are found on the coast. After early August Northern is the expected waterthrush. Louisiana Waterthrush can normally be quickly identified by the large very white eyebrow that contrasts with the duller underparts.