American Dipper

The American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) is the one Riparian Bird that lives along the water of the creek. Also called the Water-ouzel, it is a medium sized bird with a length of 5.75 inches from the tip of its slender bill to its very short tail. Its body is slate-gray, its head is brown and it has pale legs. The male and female of the species look very similar. It nests low to the ground in nests of moss, often behind waterfalls or cascades. It often feeds underwater on Aquatic_Invertebrates and sometimes small Fish.


John Muir wrote a fantastic book called, The Mountains of California. Chapter 13 speaks about the Water-ouzel.

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