Songbird Feeds Underwater

  • This video shows a couple of ways that American Dippers forage for aquatic insects in streams.
  • Sometimes they will swim out over a pool and dive, using their wings, and grab caddisfly larvae at the bottom of the pool.
  • Since most of these larvae have cases made out of stones or wood the dipper must get rid of the case.
  • You can see how it does this in the video. It grabs the caddisfly by the head and shakes it until the case falls off. Then it eats it.
  • Another method of finding aquatic insects is to turn over stones in the stream and grab the insects living under them.
  • They also can grasp the substrate with their very strong feet and eat the insects that may be living on top of the stones.
  • To learn more about these fascinating birds look at Southeast's Aquatic Songbird (American Dipper) by Bob Armstrong and Marge Hermans

Songbird Feeds Underwater from Bob Armstrong on Vimeo.

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Dipper