came very close

came very close
Species: Louisiana Waterthrush   Parkesia motacilla
Author: Wim ten Have
Monday, February 18, 2019
Added to IBC: 10 Mar 2019 - 18:41
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Altitude (m): 
156 meters


This bird confused me. It was -in my opinion- so different from the first waterthrush on the same place that I thought this was a Northern W.  And so started the discussion with Greg Baker. My argument: it lacks the buff wash on the flanks, thinking that that was characteristic for Louisiana's. But on the other :it has the pink legs of Louisiana´s and it does not have the heavily streaking on breast going till the throat, that is characteristic for Nortehrn.  

Submitted by Greg Baker on
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Pale base colour to breast and no streaking on throat suggests this is a Louisiana Waterthrush and not a Northern Waterthrush Wim.


Submitted by Wim ten Have on
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thanks, Greg. I accepted your comments and change the ID. Seealso  my new posted video of a quite different Louisiana Waterthrush.

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Most people associate the Caribbean with palm-fringed sandy beaches, cricket and rum. Mention the West Indies to birders and they think todies and tremblers, among a remarkable array of c. 190 endemic species. Furthermore, no fewer than six families are confined to the region, and another (spindalises) virtually so. The region also receives many vagrants from both North and South America, and even transatlantic arrivals from Europe.


Wim ten Have, IBC1568079. Accessible at

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Wim ten Have, IBC1568079. Video of Louisiana Waterthrush Parkesia motacilla at Las Terrazas, Cuba. Accessible at

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