Dipper Of Vietnam – Cinclidae

Brown Dipper is an aquatic bird that can be found in various water bodies in Vietnam, such as streams, rivers, and waterfalls. Here are five fascinating facts about this enchanting bird:


Small, plump bird that measures around 17-19 cm in length and weighs around 40-50 grams. The bird has a distinctive appearance, with a short tail and wings, a round body, and a long, straight bill. It has a brown back, head, and wings, and a white breast and belly. Its legs and feet are a pale pinkish-orange color.

Male and female Brown Dippers look very similar, with the male having a slightly larger bill and a more vivid brown coloration. Juvenile birds have a mottled brown plumage and a pale breast

Habitat & Distribution:

Brown Dipper that is widely distributed across Asia, Europe, and North America. In Vietnam, the bird can be found in various mountainous areas, especially in the northern region. It prefers fast-flowing, clean streams and rivers with rocky bottoms and is usually found near the water’s edge.

The Brown Dipper is an aquatic bird that requires clear and cold running water to forage and breed. They are commonly found in mountainous areas and can be found in elevations ranging from sea level to over 4000 meters. In Vietnam, they can be found in the northern provinces such as Ha Giang, Lao Cai, and Cao Bang, among others.

The bird’s distribution in Vietnam is patchy, with the population concentrated in the north, where suitable habitat is available. However, due to habitat destruction, pollution, and other human activities, their population has declined significantly in recent years.


Brown Dipper is an excellent swimmer and diver. It feeds on small aquatic invertebrates and fish, which it catches by wading or diving into the water. It also uses its wings to help it swim and stay underwater.

The Brown Dipper is known for its beautiful and melodic song, which can be heard along the fast-flowing streams and rivers where it lives. The song is a series of sweet, clear, and flute-like notes, usually delivered in a pattern of three to five notes, repeated several times.

During the breeding season, the male Brown Dipper will sing to defend its territory and attract a mate. Its song is also an important part of courtship behavior, with males often singing while perched on rocks or other prominent features in the stream.

The song of the Brown Dipper is considered one of the most beautiful bird songs in the world and has been featured in numerous nature documentaries and recordings. It is a true delight for any nature enthusiast or birdwatcher to hear this enchanting melody echoing through the forest and along the streams of Vietnam


The Brown Dipper has a monogamous mating system, meaning that they mate with one partner for life. They typically breed between April and July, with some variation depending on the location. The nest is usually built near a river or stream and is made of moss and twigs, lined with grass and feathers.

The female Brown Dipper lays between 3 to 5 eggs, which are incubated for about 17 to 19 days by both parents. Both parents also feed and care for the chicks until they fledge at around 23 to 27 days old. The young birds are then dependent on their parents for several weeks more until they are fully independent.

Brown Dippers are known for their fidelity to their breeding sites and will often return to the same location year after year to breed. They are also territorial during the breeding season and will defend their nesting sites against other dippers and potential predators

Conservation Status:

Brown Dipper is classified as a species of Least Concern by the IUCN Red List due to its wide distribution and stable population. However, habitat loss and degradation, as well as pollution of water bodies, are potential threats to the species.

In summary, the Brown Dipper is a fascinating aquatic bird that can be found in the fast-flowing streams and rivers of Vietnam. Its unique appearance, behavior, and habitat make it a wonder of Vietnam’s avifauna

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