There is only one species of dipper in America, with an apt common name of American dipper and a not-so-apt Latin name of Cinclus mexicanus.  The beauty below was captured on a winter morning on icy Mission Creek, a tributary of the green Flathead River flowing south and west through Montana for an eventual meeting with the Clark Fork, on to the Columbia, and out to the Pacific Ocean.  The American dipper has the dubious honor of being the only bird species regularly eaten by bull trout due to their propensity to dip not just their bills but their entire bodies under the river surface in search of small insects.

American Dipper - Cinclus mexicanus

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