The American dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, occurs in western North America, as well as in Central America. It is moderately common in Utah, where it can be found in mountainous areas near lakes and streams. Although the American dipper is not a long-distance migrant, it may migrate short distances, especially to lower elevations, for winter.
Nests are often built on rocks, cliffs, or bridges near water. The female lays a clutch of two to six eggs; the eggs are incubated by the female alone for 15 to 17 days. The young, which are tended by both parents, leave the nest at about 25 days of age.
The American dipper is active during the day, and individuals are generally solitary, except during the breeding season. This species forages in and near the water, eating insects, other invertebrates, and small fishes.