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American Dipper

Cinclus mexicanus ORDER: PASSERIFORMES FAMILY: CINCLIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A chunky bird of western streams, the American Dipper is North America's only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all of its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottom.

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Calls

Song clear and ringing, with repeated notes. Call a sharp "zeet."

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