Warbler family (Parulidae)
Large warbler, 5 ¼” long. Bobs tail and whole rear end while walking. Brownish back, wings, and tail; pale buffy eyebrow; heavily streaked underparts; white throat.
Bottomland forests with thick vegetation along rapidly moving streams
Nests on the ground under roots or in cavities in steep banks along streams. Breeding territory is long and narrow, located along a stream. Eggs are white with variable brown or purple marks. Clutch size – 3 to 6 eggs.
Song begins with a series of three or four clear slurred whistles followed by a fading series of jumbled twittering notes. Call is a loud rich “chink”.
Seiurus: seio, Greek for “wave”; oura, Greek for “tail”; motacilla, Latin for “wagtail” for its constant tail-wagging behavior.
In the Nature Park:
Neotropical migrant, arrives in early April. Nest along narrow streams in the deep woods of the Nature Park.