Warbler-like, with plain brown wings and back, brown tail, whitish or yellowish underparts with crisp dark streaking, unmarked undertail coverts, dusky pink legs, spotted throat, uniformly-colored pale supercilium that tapers behind the eye, plain brown crown, and relatively long, slender bill. Louisiana Waterthrush has a longer and heavier bill, sparser, more blurred washed-out streaks, typically clean white throat, white supercilium that is wider overall and broadens behind the eye, brighter pink legs, and buffy flanks; also note range and voice.
Length: 15 (cm) Wingspan: 24 (cm)
Loud, clear, rich, repeated, whistle phrases. Call is a loud, emphatic, metallic note.
Riparian zones, thick vegetation, lakeshores, streamside thickets.
Habitually bobs tail up and down; walks along ground, often wades in water. Can be rather secretive, but sings from exposed perches and walks into open areas along edges of shallow water. Nest is a cup of mosses, leaves, grasses, and other soft materials, hidden in embankment or among brush at ground level.
Forages mostly on ground, probing moist areas for insects and other small prey.
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