The dipper is 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.
What they eat:
Insect larvae and freshwater shrimps.
- UK breeding:
- 6,200-18,700 pairs
This bird species has different identifying features depending on sex/age/season.