American DipperCinclus mexicanus

Glenn Bartley/VIREO
Glenn Bartley/VIREO
Kevin Smith/VIREO
Laure W. Neish/VIREO
American Dipper



7-8 1/2" (18-22 cm). A uniformly slate-gray, wren-shaped bird with stubby tail; yellowish feet. Always found near rushing water.


A loud, bubbling song that carries over the noise of rapids. Call is a sharp zeet.


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Near clear, fast mountain streams with rapids.


Resident from northern Alaska south throughout mountains of West. May move to lowlands in winter.


The "Water Ouzel" feeds on insect life of streams. Where water is shallow and runs over gravel, the dipper appears to water ski on the surface. At deeper points it dives into the water and runs along the bottom with half-open wings.


3-6 white eggs in a relatively large, insulated nest of moss, with a side entrance. Nest is built under roots, in a rock crevice, or on the bank of a stream.

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