American dipper

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American dipper Cinclus mexicanus

Family Cinclidae. aquatic songbird able to walk and feed underwater. Has strong legs & toes and powerful short wings that allow foraging from rocks under the surface of fast-moving streams.

Habitat: fast-flowing streams

Food: aquatic insect larvae

Habit of bobbing body up & down


  • Dark gray overall plump
  • Long pale legs
  • Short tail; usually raised