Northern Waterthrush

Parkesia noveboracensis

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)

Code 4

NOWA

Code 6

SEINOV

ITIS

Egg Color:

Cream or buff with brown or gray spots and specks



Number of Eggs:

3 - 6



Incubation Days:

13



Egg Incubator:

Female



Nest Location:

0 - 2 feet above ground.



Nest Material:

Lined with grass, animal hair, moss, twigs, pine needles, bark strips, and roots.



Migration:

Migratory



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General

Northern Waterthrush: Large, ground-walking warbler with dark brown upperparts and white to pale yellow underparts with dark, heavy streaks. Eyebrows are thick and white. Sexes are similar. Bobs tail as it walks.

Range and Habitat

Northern Waterthrush: Breeds from Alaska and much of Canada south to the northern U.S. Spends winters in the tropics. Prefers cool, dark, wooded swamps, thickets of bogs, margins of northern lakes, and willow and alder bordered rivers; during the spring and fall migration, often found in thick cover along streams, marshes, and stagnant pools.

Breeding and Nesting

Northern Waterthrush: Three to six cream or buff eggs with brown or gray specks and spots are laid in a nest made of moss and set in a bank, at the base of a trunk, or in the roots of an overturned tree. Eggs are incubated for approximately 13 days by the female.

Foraging and Feeding

Northern Waterthrush: Eats insects, spiders, snails, small fish, and crustaceans; forages by gleaning foliage, catching insects in flight, and hovering.

Readily Eats

Sugar Water, Fruit, Nut Pieces

Vocalization

Northern Waterthrush: Song is "chee-chee-chee, chip-chip-chip-chew-chew-chew", loud and ringing, speeding up at the end. Call is a sharp "chink."

Similar Species

Northern Waterthrush: Louisiana Waterthrush has longer bill, unspotted throat, and buff wash on underparts

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X