Scientific name: Cinclus cinclus
Nature Stars: 60
About: A medium-sized, dumpy, short-tailed bird, chocolate brown with a white throat and chest, about 20cm long. Dippers feed on underwater invertebrates such a stonefly larvae and caddisfly larvae, going completely underwater to find them. They can often be see
How to identify: Unmistakeable.
Where: Widespread on fast-flowing rivers and streams in the uplands.
Fantastic fact: Dippers have a third, transparent eyelid called a 'nictating membrane' that they can close, enabling them to see underwater.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc