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Northern Waterthrush -
(Seiurus noveboracensis)



  • Small songbird
  • Dark olive brown upperside
  • White or yellowish underneath with
         brown streaks
  • White or buffy eyebrow, narrower behind eye
  • Wags tail up and down while walking
  • 5-6" (13-15 cm.)


  • Shrubby wetlands and forests near open water

Additional Information

  • Fairly common migrant
  • Very similar to Louisiana Waterthrush
  • Has loud ringing song
  • Breeds in northern swamps and bogs
  • One of the first species to migrate in the fall

Comparable Species

Northern Waterthrush standing at the water's edge

Northern Waterthrush posing on a branch 


Kickapoo Valley Reserve | S3661 State Highway 131 | La Farge, Wisconsin 54639 
Phone: 608-625-2960 | FAX: 608-625-2962

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