Louisiana waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla)
CONFIRMATION STATUS: Confirmed.
Length: 5.25 inches
small, ground-dwelling bird frequently found near water
Thin, pointed bill
Throat mostly white
White underparts with dense black streaking
Dark brown upperparts
Constantly wags its tail
The Louisiana waterthrush has densely streaked underparts that are
also found in the ovenbird and northern waterthrush. The northern
waterthrush has a yellowish supercilium and a spotted throat. Some
northerns are distinctly yellowish on the underparts while Louisianas
are alway white underneath (sometimes with buffy flanks). The songs
of the two are quite different and are the best way to separate them.
The ovenbird does not pump its tail and lacks the white supercilium
instead having an eye ring.
Migration Status: Neotropical migrant
Breeding Habitat: Woodland
Nest Location: Ground-low nesting
Nest Type: Open-cup
Clutch Size: 4-6
Length of Incubation: 13 days
Days to Fledge: 10
Number of Broods: ?
Diet: Primarily aquatic invertebrates
SKY MEADOWS DISTRIBUTION/SEASONAL OCCURRENCE
Relative abundance and seasonal occurrence are indicated in red below.
C - Common: Likely to be present in good numbers in appropriate habitat and season.
U - Uncommon: May be present in appropriate habitat and season, often in low
O - Occassional: Found in appropriate habitat perhaps only a few times per season,
sometimes low numbers.
R - Rare: May not be recorded every year.
Acc - Accidental: Recorded once or twice, may not be expected again for a long time.
Sp - Spring: March, April, May U
Su - Summer: June, July, August U
Fall: September, October, November
Winter: December, January, February
Calendar of Events
Sky Meadows Park
Crooked Run Valley