Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

(Seiurus motacilla)


  • A southern bird species usually found in steep, forested ravines with fast-flowing streams
  • Has prominent white eye-stripe and a visual likeness to a thrush or a sparrow, but is actually part of the warbler family
  • Flicks its tail in a bobbing motion when it walks


Special Concern Provincially and Nationally


Eastern U.S. ranging from lower Great Lakes south to Georgia, west to Kansas. In Ontario, approximately 300 pairs are estimated to live along the Niagara Escarpment and in woodlands along Lake Erie, as well as scattered locations elsewhere


Since it is at the northern limits of its range in Ontario, this species was never common here; however, local declines have resulted from clearing of forests, particularly in southwestern Ontario.


  • Migratory Birds Convention Act protects Louisiana Waterthrush and its nest.
  • Some Conservation Authorities are considering implementing future management where logging would be avoided in ravines on their land where this species lives


Royal Ontario Museum: Louisiana Waterthrush

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