Dippers (Cinclidae)
Dippers are small stocky birds with chubby bodies, short, cocked tails and strong legs and feet. Their wings are comparitively short, but flight is fast and low. They are totally aquatic birds that swim, dive and wade in tumbling hill streams. They feed on aquatic insects and their larvae, and hold territories that may be several kilometers long but only a few meters wide.
There are 5 species worldwide. One species breeds in Europe.