Family New World Warblers (Parulidae)

Least Concern

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)


Taxonomy

French: Paruline hochequeue German: Stelzenwaldsänger Spanish: Reinita charquera de Luisiana
Taxonomy:

Turdus motacilla

Vieillot

, 1809,

Kentucky, USA

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

SE Canada (SE Ontario) and E USA from Minnesota, E Nebraska and E Texas E, discontinuously, to New Hampshire region and South Carolina (largely excluding Gulf and SE Atlantic coastal areas and Florida). Migrates to Central America from N Mexico S to Panama (in smaller numbers to N Colombia and Venezuela) and to Caribbean (mainly Greater Antilles).

Descriptive notes

14·5–16 cm; 16·8–26 g. Distinctive parulid; constantly bobs tail up and down, slowly and emphatically, in character­istic deliberate and... read more

Voice

Song a series of 3–4 shrill, slurred whistles, descending slightly in pitch, followed by... read more

Habitat

Breeds in wooded ravines with running streams, preferring gravel-bottomed streams in upland... read more

Food and feeding

Feeds mainly on insects, molluscs and crustaceans, taking slightly larger prey items and fewer fly (Diptera) larvae than does P.... read more

Breeding

Season Apr–Jul, egg-laying mainly Apr–Jun (occasionally into early Jul); occasionally two broods (eight out of 143 pairs in... read more

Movements

Medium-distance to long-distance migrant. Leaves breeding grounds from late Jun, mostly mid-Jul to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Listed as a species of conservation concern by US Fish & Wildlife Service. Uncommon to locally fairly common. Breeding range... read more

Recommended citation

Curson, J. (2019). Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/61503 on 23 July 2019).