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Common Bird Species of Northwestern Ontario

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Seirus aurocapillus
Ovenbird

Description

Distinguishing Features - A large warbler. Olive-green upper parts - back, wings and tail. Under parts whitish, breast heavily streaked with black. Crown, dull orange bordered by two black stripes; legs, flesh coloured; eye, ringed in white. Male and female indistinguishable but female is slightly smaller.

Ovenbird Size - 14 - 16.5 cm (5.5 - 6.5 in).

Habitat

Deciduous woodlands or mixedwoods with sparse understory.

Nesting

On the ground. Nest is made of grass, sticks, leaves and mosses; lined with grass and down; shaped like a Dutch oven; hence the name Ovenbird. Eggs, 3 - 6; whitish marked with reddy-brown and purply-gray spots. Incubation period 11 - 14 days.

Notes

Often confused with smaller thrushes.

The Ovenbird's song is unmistakeable. It sounds like Teacher! and is repeated with each repetition being louder.


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