Brown Dipper Cinclus pallasii
Brown Dipper, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan
March 2008

The Brown Dipper is distributed from Afghanistan through the Himalayas to northern Myanmar and north-west Vietnam and north to the Pacific shores of Russia. It is found in fast-flowing, clear mountain streams where it forages on the river beds for insect larvae.

Brown Dipper, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image It is entirely brown with a short tail. Photo 2 shows the bird's nictitating membrane which protects the eye when underwater while still permitting the bird to see.
Brown Dipper, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image
Brown Dipper, Mo Chu River, Punakha, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image
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