Brown Dipper



The Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii) – also known by the Pallas’s Dipper, Asian Dipper or the Asiatic Dipper – is found in the mountains of southern and central Asia.

This aquatic songbird inhabits medium to low elevations where mountain streams flow.



It measures about 22 cm (8.7 in) in length and weighs about 87 grams (3.1 oz). It is the largest of the dippers.

Immature Brown DipperImmature Brown Dipper

Brown DipperDiet and feeding biology

The Brown Dipper will feed by diving into streams to eat larger organisms, or wade in shallower parts of streams and pick smaller organisms of the bottom.

From December through April, adults will dive for food. As this is the breeding season, they have a higher requirement for food and diving for food is necessary.

Brown Dipper chicks will also forage by diving.


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