Male Dipper

Dipper

Scientific name: Cinclus cinclus

Did you know: Dippers are unique among passerines for their ability to dive and swim underwater, making them the aquatic acrobats of the bird world.

What Do Dippers Look Like? (how to identify them)

Dippers are charming, plump birds, dressed in a delightful chocolate-brown plumage. Their standout feature is a stark white throat and chest, creating a striking contrast. 

These stout birds are equipped with a short tail and robust legs, perfect for their aquatic lifestyle.

Differences Between Male And Female Dippers

Males and females are similar in appearance, making it a bit challenging to distinguish between the two. However, males are generally larger with slightly more robust features.

What Do Dippers Eat?

Dippers have a specialised diet, feeding primarily on insect larvae and freshwater shrimps. They exhibit remarkable hunting skills, diving and walking underwater to forage for their aquatic prey.

Where Do Dippers Live? (inc. migration info)

Dippers are residents of fast-flowing streams and rivers, mostly found in upland areas. These agile birds are well-adapted to their watery habitats, using their unique abilities to thrive in these challenging environments.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Dippers)

The Dipper’s call is a delightful mix of high-pitched notes and rattling warbles, a harmonious soundtrack to the bubbling streams they inhabit.

Fun Dipper Facts (kid friendly)

  • Dippers can walk underwater – like little aquatic explorers!
  • They use their wings to ‘fly’ underwater, chasing after tasty insects.
  • Dippers have a special eyelid that helps them see underwater – like built-in goggles.
  • You can spot them doing their signature ‘bobbing’ dance on river rocks.
  • Their nests are often close to the water, tucked away in cosy nooks.
  • In winter, they might visit urban areas, but they always stay close to water.
  • The oldest known Dipper lived to be over 8 years old!

Dipper Images

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Female Dipper Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
Dipper Juvenile Juvenile

Facts About The Dipper

Diet: Insect larvae and freshwater shrimps.
Bird Family: Dippers
Length: 18cm
Wingspan: 25-30cm
Weight: 55-75g
Scientific Name: Cinclus cinclus

The Dipper Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December