Dipper adult on rock in upland stream


Dippers are rounded, short-tailed, rather wren-like birds in form but almost thrush-sized. A striking feature of these birds are their large white bib against otherwise dark plumage.

Only one species breeds in the UK. A slightly different race (subspecies) is a rare visitor from the continent. Dippers are unique in the songbirds, for their ability to wade, swim and dive in running water. They are exclusively confined to the water’s edge.