Upright Perching Water Birds

American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus
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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
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Bibliographic details:

  • Article: American Dipper
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: October 21, 2019
  • Link: https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-dipper

APA Style

Dr. Biology. (2017, July 13). American Dipper. ASU - Ask A Biologist. Retrieved October 21, 2019 from https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-dipper

American Psychological Association. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/10/

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Dr. Biology. "American Dipper". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 July, 2017. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-dipper

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Dr. Biology. "American Dipper". ASU - Ask A Biologist. 13 Jul 2017. ASU - Ask A Biologist, Web. 21 Oct 2019. https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/bird/american-dipper

Modern Language Association, 7th Ed. For more info, see http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/
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