Today, just a few moments ago a another great video called A Pair Of American Dipper Building A Nest was published by the youtube channel: Irene Downing
As informed in the video description by Irene Downing: The american dipper, also known as a water ouzel, is a stocky dark grey bird with a head sometimes tinged with brown, and white feathers on the eyelids that cause the eyes to flash white as the bird blinks. Dippers have built in googles, and also a built in noseplug.
It is 16.5 cm long and weighs on average 46 g.
A chunky bird of western streams, American dipper is north america’s only truly aquatic songbird. It catches all its food underwater in swiftly flowing streams by swimming and walking on the stream bottoms.
American dippers prefer rocky, unpolluted streams.
American dippers eat, aquatic insect. Especially larvae attach to river bottoms, make up he majority of american dippers diet. They also eat other small aquatic creatures, including very small fish, fish eggs. and also feed at salmon spawning areas.
American dippers build nests on cliff ledges, on boulders, behind waterfalls and under bridges or on dirt banks. But always above or close to the fast water or their stream habitat
Nest is covered with mosses and built with grasses and leaves, or pine needles, bark strips. Males help built nest. Nest may size up to 30 cm in diameter.
.American dippers can hold their breath for 30 seconds.
American dippers have extra contour feathers that act like a raincoat And a fuzzy down jacket.
Dippers mate for life.But they only stay together for the sake of the kids.
Female dipper lays 1-2 clutches of 4-5 eggs per year. The eggs are 26mm x 19 mm in size. The incubation period lasts about 16 days. Male feeds her during this time. After birth, the young dipper will remain about 24-25 days under parents care The male also helps feed the young.
Normal life span is 5 years. Maximum longevity is 8 years .
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