The Tail-Wagging Bird

The little bird, the white throated dipper is a very entertaining bird.
People who know the bird’s behaviour smile in recognition when one refers to the bird’s one-man show.
The white throated dipper is Norway’s national bird.
When winter is hard in Norway, the dipper flies on holiday in Denmark. Ornithologists will probably express it differently, but I like the idea that the bird keeps a well-deserved holiday in a mild climate.
Besides the current Norwegian name Fossekall; ‘Waterfall Call’, the dipper has many dialect names in Norway.
Among these are Elveprest; ‘River Priest’ and Kvemkall; ‘Mill Shell’.
The dipper has at least 70 different local names in Norway, and at least 50-60 are known from Sweden.

You can read much more about the bird on Wikipedia and listen to its song.

23 Comments on “The Tail-Wagging Bird

  1. I love this little bird, and always enjoy seeing one in the Belgian Ardennes. It is so clever to walk on the bottom of a stream, don’t you think?

    • Hi Denzil. Yes I too think the dipper has amazing amphibious characteristics 🙂 🙂
      I’m amazed at the bird’s ability to navigate in the strong currents.
      All the best,

    • Thank you so much, Isabel.
      Norwegians love to bathe in the icy river. Maybe that’s why the bird is touted as the national bird ❤ 🙂
      All the best,

  2. Pretty bird! We have an American Dipper here in the US, and it is definitely fun to watch their antics in the rivers and streams. We hope to see your version some day in our future!

    • Thank you, Alison and Matt. I would love to watch the dipper in the spectacular Norwegian rivers. That would be outstanding.
      PS I wouldn’t mind seeing the American Dipper either ❤ 🙂
      All the best,

  3. Bonitas fotos con el azul de invierno. El pajarito espera confiado a la primavera que se acerca 😉

    • Gracias, Magnoliae. Sería asombroso volar junto con el dipper, cuando vuelva a Noruega 🙂
      Un abrazo,

  4. I can’t blame anyone for flying south for Winter, even if it’s only as far as Denmark! 🙂 Sensible little soul!

    • Jo, that’s exactly my thought. Last year he brought his friends with him. They were four. To my knowledge there are only two this year. Perhaps the others continued to Portugal ❤ 🙂

  5. I enjoyed everything here today! I always do. However, this little bird has captured my heart. Norway has a wonderful national bird. I am happy he vacations in Denmark. 😀
    Hope all is well! xo

    • Lovely to hear from you, Resa ❤
      I would love to see the dipper by a Norwegian river. That must definitely be the most superior experience one might have 🙂 🙂
      Happy days, Resa ❤

  6. Hi Alen. You make me smile with that comment 🙂 The throated dipper is an ambassador for clean water in addition to its great entertainment value ❤

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