Cinclus cinclus - White-throated dipper:

Summary Information
Living OrganismsAnimalia / Craniata / Aves / Passeriformes / Cinclidae / Cinclus / Species

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The taxonomy of birds is still under review and the A World Checklist of Birds by Burt L. Monroe, Jr and Charles G. Sibley (B89) has been chosen as the primary reference. The taxonomic structure will be amended when new editions or complete references are identified by the scientific world as the recognized primary references for taxonomy.

Alternative Names
Distribution Mountains Palearctic (B89)
Habitat Breeding - "Fast-flowing streams with plenty of rocks and boulders, generally in upland regions" (B163)
Further Information Feeding:
  • food - mainly aquatic invertebrates
  • feeding behaviour - "has remarkable feeding method of deliberately walking under water and then moving stones, capturing the exposed prey, will dive into and swim under water, using it's wings". (B163).


  • location and structure - sphere nest in crevice on bank or under bridge
  • nest building - male and female
  • breeding structure - monogamous


  • markings - un-patterned
  • number of eggs - 4-5 (1-8)
  • broods - 1-2 (3) brood
  • incubation - by female; 12-18 days


  • development - Altricial
  • parental caring for young - by male and female
  • fledging - 20-24 days

(B163, B164)

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