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Amelia Ryan   cc-by-nc-4.0

Cinclus mexicanus (American Dipper) is a species of birds in the family dippers. They are associated with freshwater habitat. They are native to The Nearctic and The Neotropics. They are diurnal. They have parental care (pair provides care). They rely on lift powered swimming and flight to move around.

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  • URI: https://eol.org/schema/terms/lift_based_swimming
  • Definition: Hydrofoils, or fins, are used to push against the water to create a normal force to provide thrust, propelling the animal through water. The reduction of fin cross-sectional area helps to minimize drag, and therefore increase efficiency. Regardless of size of the animal, at any particular speed, maximum possible lift is proportional to (wing area) x (speed)<sup>2</sup>. Dolphins and whales have large, horizontal caudal hydrofoils, while many fish and sharks have vertical caudal hydrofoils.
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Known occurrences, collected specimens and observations of American dipper. View this species on GBIF