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Northern Waterthrush
Seiurus noveboracensis

Warblers and Tanagers
Wood-Warbler Family (Parulidae)

Size: Length: 12.5-15 cm

Description: Similar in appearance to the ovenbird, the northern waterthrush is an occasional nester in the Canadian Rockies. It has an upper body of olive-brown with a white (sometimes tinged with yellow) breast and throat speckled with olive-gray. There is a buff to white eyebrow line. The wings lack any white bands. It resembles a small thrush and has a habit of constantly teetering its body forward. This teetering motion can help positively identify this shy bird. It is partial to alder and willow thickets, usually near water. It picks insects from both the forest litter, and from shallow water. The nest is in some natural ground hollow, either under a root hollow, under a bank or hollow log. The call is a long series of warbling tones resembling the phrase: 'sweet-sweet-sweet-swee-wee-wee-chew-chew-chew" and ending in a staccato. At first, it resembles the call of the ovenbird, but instead of maintaining a single phrase many times, it varies the phrasing as it picks up speed, and pitch.

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