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American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus

American Dipper
copyright Robert Shantz
Length: 8 in. (19 cm)
Found exclusively on rushing mountain streams, this amazing bird is usually seen bobbing up and down on rocks in streams or using its buzzy and fast flight to fly low over the water. It is usually solitary and spends much of its time searching for small fish and aquatic insects while it walks into or even under the water. The Dipper also can use its wings to "fly" underwater to a depth of 20 ft (6 m) or more. Its domed nest is made of moss and vegetation and placed on a niche of a wet cliff face, bridge abutment or behind a waterfall or cascading stream. The four-digit banding code is AMDI.

Cliffs / boulders
Cliffs / boulders

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