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Conservation status: Green

A short-tailed, plump bird with a low, whirring flight. When perched on a rock it habitually bobs up and down and frequently cocks its tail. Its white throat and breast contrasts with its dark body plumage. It is remarkable in its method of walking into and under water in search of food.

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Overview

Latin name

Cinclus cinclus

Family

Dippers (Cinclidae)

Where to see them

Found along fast-flowing rivers, mainly in upland areas but also on lowland rivers in SW England. Look for tell-tale droppings on stones in the river.

When to see them

All year round.

What they eat

Insect larvae and freshwater shrimps.

Population

EuropeUK breeding*UK wintering*UK passage*
-6,200-18,700 pairs--

Distribution

Key

In the UK
North, west and south-west of the UK.

Audio

Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto