American Dipper, Cinclus mexicanus, Preys Upon Larval Tailed Frogs, Ascaphus truei

Christy A. Morrissey, Roberta J. Olenick


The American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) is an aquatic songbird that inhabits fast-flowing mountain streams in western North America. Although dippers are known to feed primarily on aquatic invertebrates, they will also eat juvenile fish and salmon eggs when available. In 2002, while monitoring and photographing nesting activities of the American dipper, we observed and photographed adult dippers capturing Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei) tadpoles and feeding them to their young. This note is intended to document a rarely observed occurrence and identify interactions between two relatively uncommon species.


American Dipper; Cinclus mexicanus; Tailed Frog; Ascaphus truei; feeding; Chilliwack River; British Columbia

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