IUCN threat status:

Vulnerable (VU)

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Biology

A monogamous bird, the nests and eggs of the rufous-throated dipper have been found between September and January. It constructs large, globular nests, with an outer shell of moss and grass, and an inner bowl of grass stems, algae, leaves and a few feathers. The nest is situated in holes in rocky walls or bridges, on tree roots, or under the overhang of a river bank. A clutch of two eggs is laid, and the resulting chicks are fed by both parents (2). The rufous-throated dipper is territorial, and defends a stretch of 500 to 1,000 meters of river, and occasionally even greater areas when the habitat is less favourable. Within the territory, the dipper wades in shallow water searching for aquatic insects and larvae to eat, or will perch on rocks, or at the edges of waterfalls, plucking invertebrates from the water. It also forages in the wet moss covering the rocks and in vegetation along the river banks (2).

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