October 14, 2016 – American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus)
Requested by: @snakesheds
Found in western North America, these aquatic songbirds dive under the water to feed on aquatic insects and larvae, even moving rocks to find food. They also eat dragonflies, worms, small fish, fish eggs, and flying insects. Pairs build nests on cliffs, behind waterfalls, or on boulders, banks, and bridges near the water. They build an outer shell of moss around a woven cup of grasses, leaves, and bark, often dipping the materials into water first. Their low metabolic rate, ability to carry extra oxygen in their blood, and thick feathers help them withstand the cold water during the winter.