Rivers and Streams Animals

Class: Aves: Birds Diet: Insect larvae, insects, other invertebrates
Order: Passeriformes: Perching birds
Size: 18 - 22 cm (7 - 8 1/2 in)
Family: Cinclidae: Dippers Conservation Status: Non-threatened
Scientific Name: Cinclus mexicanus Habitat: mountain streams
Range: Alaska, through Western North America to Panama

Size of DipperA wren-shaped bird, the dipper has a compact body, long, stout legs and a short, square-tipped tail. Its bill is hooked and is notched at the tip. Like all dippers, it frequents mountain streams and walks or dives into the water, swims underwater and even walks on the bottom, to obtain insect and invertebrate prey, especially caddis fly larvae.  A bulky, domed nest, made of moss and grass, is built by the female on a rock in a stream or beside a stream among tree roots or rocks; it has a side entrance. The female lays 3 to 6 eggs, which she incubates for 15 to 17 days.

Range of Dipper
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