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Cinclus pallasii

Cinclus pallasii, Immature(*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Passeriformes
Subordo: Passeri
Parvordo: Passerida
Superfamilia: Muscicapoidea
Familia: Cinclidae
Genus: Cinclus
Species: Cinclus pallasii
Subspecies: C. p. dorjei - C. p. pallasii - C. p. tenuirostris


Cinclus pallasii Temminck, 1820

Vernacular names


Manuel d'ornithologie ed.2 1 p.177


The Brown Dipper (Cinclus pallasii), alternatively known by the common names Pallas's Dipper, Asian Dipper or the Asiatic Dipper, is an aquatic songbird found in the mountains of southern and central Asia. At 22 cm (8.7 in) and 87 grams (3.1 oz), it is the largest of the dippers. This species, which is not often seen, is found at medium to low elevations where mountain streams flow.

Diet and feeding biology

The Brown Dipper can either feed by diving into streams to eat larger benthic organisms, or wade in shallower parts of streams and pick smaller organisms of the bottom. The adults will dive for food from December through April, which is when there are more large benthic organisms. Since this period is also the breeding season of the Brown Dipper, more food is required, so diving for large food is necessary. However, the adults will forage by wading and picking at the stream bottom for the rest of the year. Brown Dipper chicks and fledglings will also forage by diving.[1]


1. ^ Eguchi, K. (1990) The choice of foraging methods of the Brown Dipper,Cinclus pallasii Journal of Ethology 8(2):121-127

* BirdLife International (2004). Cinclus pallasii. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 12 May 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is of least concern
* Cinclus (TSN 178535). Integrated Taxonomic Information System.

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