Family Dippers (Cinclidae)


Rufous-throated Dipper (Cinclus schulzii)


French: Cincle à gorge rousse German: Rostkehl-Wasseramsel Spanish: Mirlo acuático gorjirrufo

Cinclus Schulzii


, 1882,

Cerro Bayo, Tucumán, Argentina


See C. leucocephalus. Specific name often misspelt schulzi (as in HBW). Monotypic.


E Andes in S Bolivia (S Chuquisaca, W Tarija) and NW Argentina (Jujuy, Salta, Catamarca, Tucumán).

Descriptive notes

14–15·5 cm; 39·5 g. Plumage is dull dark brownish-grey above, wings and tail slightly darker; white on bases of inner webs of primaries (visible when wing... read more


Song a loud melodious warbling or trilling, resembles that of C. cinclus; call a loud... read more


Fast-flowing rocky mountain streams and rivers, 5–15 m wide, with cascades, waterfalls, and... read more

Food and feeding

Food aquatic insects and larvae; one stomach contained mostly beetle imagos (Coleoptera). Forages by wading in shallow water or standing on... read more


Nests and eggs Sept–Jan. Monogamous, so far as is known; solitary nester. Large globular nest 24 cm high, 22 cm wide and 14 cm deep,... read more


Resident; some altitudinal movement in cold weather.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restrictedrange species: present in Argentine and South Bolivian Yungas EBA. Uncommon to locally common. Range covers approximately 600 km × 100 km, but... read more

Recommended citation

Ormerod, S. & Tyler, S. (2020). Rufous-throated Dipper (Cinclus schulzii). 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 on 19 February 2020).