White-Throated Dipper

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The Dipper is a small, stout water bird that can sometimes be seen flying low over the canals. It was given the Gaelic name ‘Gabha Dubh’ (blacksmith) due to its charcoal-coloured plumage. It is also known as the white-throated dipper for its white bib. Despite its size, the dipper has an impressive way of hunting for its prey. Strong wings and claws enable them to dive underwater and walk along the bed of the river in search of food; their diet includes macroinvertebrates and the larvae of river insects. Dippers got their name from the way they bob up and down while perched on a riverside rock or branch. Keep an eye out for these little gems!