American Dipper

An American Dipper getting the big view before taking the plunge into the icy winter water below. American Dippers forage along the rocky river bottoms of rapidly moving streams of western North America. Diving in and out and running along the bottoms of the river at times to feed on a variety of aquatic invertebrates. In addition to their fascinating foraging behavior American Dippers have quite a song and really can belt out a wonderful tune making a hike along a rushing stream a full on audio-visual delight.


Kingery, H. E. and M. F. Willson (2020). American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (P. G. Rodewald, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA.

4 thoughts on “American Dipper

  1. American Dippers are such a treat to come upon, but not always easy to photograph because they kind of blend into the surroundings. Your photo captures the dipper beautifully, Mike, and the icy water is fantastic; your narrative was a joy too.

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  2. Thanks for including those terrific audios. They do have a strong and marvelous singing voice, don’t they?! I’ve heard of American Dippers but I honestly never knew this is what they looked like till I saw your post. Thanks for enlightening me.


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