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 American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)




American Dipper | Cinclus mexicanus photo
American Dipper, Noons Creek Near Shoreline Park, Port Moody, British Columbia

Photograph by Alan And Elaine Wilson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

AMERICAN DIPPER FACTS

Description
The American Dipper is a stocky gray bird with short neck and thin bill. It has white feathers on the eyelids that are noticeable when the bird blinks. It has long legs and a short tail. It has a bobbing motion as it moves. Makes and females are similar in appearance, but male is slightly larger. Juveniles are similar to adults, but have some pale barring on the underside.

Size
length 14cm - 20cm

Environment
mountainous regions where it frequents clear fast moving streams with some turbulence, cascades, waterfalls.

Food
Aquatic insects.

Breeding
The American Dipper builds a domed nest with a side entrance, and may build a canopy over the entrance hole to protect it from the elements. The outside of the nest is moss with some grass and leaves. The inside is a cup of grass and leaves. The nest is located near fast moving water on a cliff, rock ledge or crevice. Lays a clutch of four or five white eggs.

Range
The American Dipper is resident on streams from Alaska, down through the western ranges, Mexico and south to Panama.

Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Cinclidae
Genus:Cinclus
Species:mexicanus
Common Name:American Dipper