Scientific name: Cinclus cinclus
The chocolate-brown, plump dipper can often be seen bobbing up and down on a stone in a fast-flowing river. It feeds on underwater insects by walking straight into, and under, the water.
Average lifespan: 3 years
Classified in the UK as Amber under the Birds of Conservation Concern 4: the Red List for Birds (2015).
When to seeJanuary to December
AboutA medium-sized, plump bird, the dipper is often seen sitting on a stone in a river or stream, bobbing up and down. It can be found around fast-flowing streams and rivers, mostly in upland areas, but also in South West England. It feeds on underwater invertebrates, such as stonefly and caddis fly larvae, by walking straight into, and completely under, the water to find them.
How to identifyThe dipper is a short-tailed, chocolate-brown bird, with a white throat and chest.
In our area
Dippers are often found on our babbling brooks and have been spotted at several places across Shropshire including the Rea Brook in Shrewsbury and Habberly Brook.