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American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus


Small stocky aquatic song bird.
Spends most of the time on the waters edge, waterfalls, and fast moving water. Dark gray body with brown head. Short tail and has white feathered eyelids. The eyelids protect the eyes when underwater and small scales that block the nostrils. Seeks food on the bottom of fast moving creeks by dipping it's head while walking upstream or swims underwater. This is one of a nesting pair.


Fast moving creeks.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

Great series Jellis ! What a sweetie...thanks for sharing this.

Jellis 8 years ago

Thank you for the nomination

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 8 years ago

Lovely spotting Jellis.

AshleyT 8 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Jellis 8 years ago

Thank you Irina Sh

IrinaSh 8 years ago


Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

This is a lovely and interesting spotting. To make it complete, and useful to researchers using this site for data, please edit this and add a reference (Wikipedia, Encyclopedia of Life, something else) about this species in the reference field of your spotting. Please do this for each photo you post. Thanks for helping to make Project Noah a complete reference tool for scientists.

Jellis 9 years ago

Thank you. This was my first time spotting them. Hoping I can see the chicks when the get out of the nest. Will see what happens.

M.A. Orendan
M.A. Orendan 9 years ago

Nice spotting!

JoshuaGSmith 9 years ago

CO is awesome! I would love to find a Dipper also, definitely a top in my wannasee list.

AshleyT 9 years ago

Great series, Jellis! Such a cool bird. I have a trip to CO in a week and a half, this is my main target :)

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California, USA

Spotted on Feb 14, 2015
Submitted on Feb 17, 2015

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