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American Dipper

Cincle d'Amérique

Cinclus mexicanus


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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American Dipper

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7.5" 19cm 11" 28cm 2oz 56.7g Cinclidae Cinclus mexicanus

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American Dipper

Distribution: The American Dipper was once called the Water Ouzel in North America. This gray bird is a common sight along Rocky Mountain creeks with flowing waters and a source of minnows. Using their wings they will propel themselves, diving below the water surface and catching small fish. They will even store excess minnows for another meal if the fish are plentiful. The dipper is seen from the northern Yukon Territory to the northwest coast of Alaska, along the Pacific coast to southern California and north through the central states to northern British Columbia.




References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society


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