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Louisiana Waterthrush Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
General Information
- Small, ground-dwelling bird frequently found near
  water
- Thin, pointed bill
- White supercilium
- Throat mostly white
- White underparts with dense black streaking
- Dark brown upperparts
- Pink legs
- Constantly wags its tail

Similar species
The Louisiana Waterthrush has densely streaked underparts that are also found in the Ovenbird and Northern Waterthrush.

The Northern Waterthrush has a yellowish supercilium and a spotted throat. Some Northerns are distinctly yellowish on the underparts while Louisianas are always white underneath (sometimes with buffy flanks). The songs of the two are quite different and are the best way to separate them. The Ovenbird does not pump its tail and lacks the white supercilium instead having an eye ring.
 
 
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