A plump, ground-dwelling warbler. Adult has mostly white underparts with thick black streaks; lower flanks and vent are washed with olive-brown. Distinctive crown pattern includes a broad orange median stripe bordered by narrower black lateral crown stripes; face is plain olive-brown with bold white eye ring, upperparts are uniform olive-brown. Sexes are similar.
Length: 15 (cm) Wingspan: 24 (cm)
Loud series, increasing in volume: teacher-teacher-TEACHER. Call is a single chip note.
Shady deciduous and mixed forests.
Walks along ground, prodding under leaves and fallen branches. Heard more often than seen. Nest is a roofed structure on ground, shaped like a Dutch oven.
Forages on ground among leaf litter and downed timber. Eats a variety of insects, worms, and other small organisms.
This elusive bird can be seen only by the keenest of eyes. I have seen only a few of them in my birding career, but when I do see them I easily pick out several interesting behaviors. For instance, they usually call from the ground or a low branch. When they call they point their heads towards the sky and do a sort of waddle forward. When I noted this behavior the bird was on a low branch, but I've never seen then do it on the ground. I'm determined to find out if they do this on both branches and the ground. Ovenbirds resemble thrushes, but they are actually in the wood warbler family. The two things that help me distinguish an Ovenbird from a thrush is it's distinctive song that truly says "teacher, teacher, Teacher, TEACHER," (growing increasingly loud with each syllable) and it's size (Ovenbirds are smaller than thrushes.) Ovenbirds prefers Mixed mid-mature growth woods (found in the same habitats as Hermit thrushes.)
Citation: Personal Experience. I observe this occasionally, confident.
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|Jacob Crawford added a note to Ovenbird Notes||5/24/2013 at 7:17AM|