White-throated Dipper

Cinclus cinclus

(C. c. caucasicus)

Armenian Name: Ջրաճնճղուկ
White-throated Dipper

See Plate 43 for White-throated Dipper and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:18 cm, Wing Span:25.5-30 cm
Distribution Map: Map 230.
Description: Stout body, short wings and tail.
Adult: Upperparts blackish with brown crown, nape, and belly; white throat and breast.
Juvenile: Gray above with darker feather edges; underparts gray-white scalloped with gray.
Behavior: Bobs up and down. Flies low over water; perches on exposed rocks in streams. Swims or walks underwater to feed.
Habitat: Fast flowing mountain rivers; rarely, reservoirs in winter.
Food: Aquatic invertebrates.
Nest: Domed thick-walled cup on rock ledge overhanging water.
Eggs: 26 mm, 4-6, white.