Cinclidae - Dippers
The dippers are small family of aquatic birds, making them unique amongst passerine birds. Dumpy, robin-sized birds with a characteristic cocked tail, they are adapted to foraging underwater on small invertebrates living in fast-flowing streams. Part of their bulk comes from the thick plumage which is insulating and large pectoral (chest) muscles which enable them to use their short wings to swim underwater.
Dippers are highly territorial and a pair will strongly defend a length of stream. The nest, usually in the middle of the territory is a well constructed cup, often placed under a bridge or rocky overhang.
Only one species, the Dipper occurs in Europe, and while common in the north and west of Britain, is largely absent from the south and east, reflecting a lack of suitable habitat.
BTO Conference 2021: Session 5 The Witherby Lecture - Coevolution as an engine of biodiversity: insights from African birds
The talk will be held online using Zoom. Ever since Darwin’s wonderful image of a tangled bank of life, we’ve known that interactions between different species are a powerful force in evolution. This talk will use...
Migration blog – Winter
As we get ever closer to the end of autumn the pace of migration steadily slows, and as the daylight hours shorten so does the variety of birds on the move.