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Louisiana waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Genus: Parkesia
Sangster, 2008

Northern waterthrush, Parkesia noveboracensis
Louisiana waterthrush, Parkesia motacilla

The waterthrushes are a genus of New World warbler, Parkesia. The genus was split from Seiurus, which previously contained both waterthrush species and the ovenbird. When the genera split, the ovenbird was the only member left in Seiurus (making it a monotypic genus).


The generic name, Parkesia, is in honor of American ornithologist Kenneth C. Parkes, who was for many years Curator of Birds at Carnegie Museum of Natural History (Sangster 2008).



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  • Sangster, G. (2008). "A new genus for the waterthrushes (Parulidae)". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 128: 212–215. (Parkesia, new genus).