Order Passeriformes

Family Cinclidae

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  • Medium-sized, plump passerines with short cocked tail, relatively short, broad rounded wings, slender bill with slight hook, long strong legs, and soft, dense plumage.
  • Nearctic, Neotropical, Palearctic and Oriental Regions.
  • Fast-flowing streams and rivers, mostly in uplands, occasionally slower or still waters.
  • 14-23 cm.
  • 1 genus, 5 species, 25 taxa.
  • 1 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Ormerod, S. & Tyler, S. (2019). Dippers (Cinclidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52314 on 22 November 2019).