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Dodo the American Dipper
About this creation
Meet Dodo the American Dipper the eighth bird for my North American Series of the LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

I named this bird after one of my great CUUSOO fans usernames to thank him for his support, thanks dododoggy aka Chase!

The American Dipper (also known as North American Dipper and Water Ouzel) has the distinction of being North America's only aquatic songbird. Confined to rapidly flowing, pristine mountain streams.

Special adaptions (scaled nostrils that close underwater, a special third eyelid that helps keep the eyes clean underwater, proportionately long legs, and powerful claws) allow American Dipper to survey rapidly moving water from rocks before diving in to look for insect larvae, hunting underwater in currents strong enough to knock a person down. Swims to depths of as much as 20 feet and can walk and forage on river bottoms. Perfectly happy in water so cold it would likely freeze if it weren't moving. Sometimes wades with its head under water searching for food, and it may pick insects from rocks or occasionally flycatch, but mostly it finds prey below the surface. Sometimes bobs on the water like a duck momentarily, before disappearing again. Uses its powerful, stubby wings underwater to swim--suggesting a penguin (although this penguin can fly, and it doesn't waddle). Rarely flies over land. If not seen perched on rocks sticking out of the water or moving in and out of the water, usually observed flying rapidly and low over streams, following the course of the flow. Usually solitary, but may be seen in pairs or feeding young during breeding season, although breeding has been confirmed in Sonoma County in only one or two spots. Uses cliff faces next to water for nest sites, but may nest on rocks virtually in the water. Sometimes uses bridge structures for nesting. Also known to build nests behind waterfalls.

The plump silhouette, mostly grey color, and short tail may suggest European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris), especially in flight when the bird is mostly a grey blur, but no other bird really looks like a Dipper. Field guides tend to show American Dipper as fairly uniformly grey or grey-brown. The coloration is often more subtle than that. The head can tend toward a brownish grey. The body is a slaty grey but often has slight mottling, and the wings and lower belly are sometimes a slightly warmer tone than the back and upper breast. The legs are a steely pink-grey. The eye briefly appears white when the bird blinks (see photo below). Sibley's illustration seems closer to reality than those in the newer Peterson guide (4th edition; too uniformly brownish), the old Peterson guide (3rd edition; too uniformly dark grey) or the National Geographic guide (5th edition; ditto). Fix and Bezener show a charcoal bird with a black head. Two subspecies are recognized, which may account for some of the color variation in actual birds. Juveniles are paler overall, but especially underneath and at the throat, and young birds have paler bills than adults.

It produces a buzzy call note but also sings a surprisingly sweet, melodic song suggestive of a wren--although American Dipper is sometimes difficult to hear over the sound of the rushing streams it's found in.

Some sources say the name of the bird comes from the way it dips into the water to feed. Others point to the bird's habit of bobbing on rocks after it lands.

Take a look at these videos I think they are adoreable birds

Dipping Dipper
Dipping Dipper

And here is Dodo the Dipper. I built him a little stream scene, I think he is happy in his LEGO environment.

















































Dodo Waves hello





Super Dodo



Dodo Takes a dip



What do you think of Dodo? Hopefully he won't live up to his name and become extinct. I would love to watch one for real one day!

If you like him please register and support The LEGO Bird Project on CUUSOO

Thanks for stopping by and to those who have taken the time to support the project already :-)



Comments

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  January 30, 2013
wow! the bird is nice, the sculpting is reffined, almost a documentary about it, and you did a corresponding environment, it s all kinds of awesome, as this bird!
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  October 10, 2012
This one is cute! It has some kind of clever attitude... Funny!
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  October 10, 2012
ravishingly beautiful!
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  October 7, 2012
Fantastic design Tom ! I love that you can move the head ! That would be a lovely play feature for the children when you reach your 10.000 supporters on CUUSOO ! :)
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  October 5, 2012
Very cute!
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  October 5, 2012
Very realistic and beautiful
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  October 3, 2012
What a fantastic American Little Dipper. Your bird collect is impressive and continuing getting larger. Well done and keep up the great creations.
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  October 2, 2012
Another beauty.~H
DeTomaso Pantera
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Chris Melby
  October 1, 2012
Tom, glad to see your back at it, I've been out for a bit, and this is a welcome sight! Chris
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  October 1, 2012
Fantastic! I'm also supporting you on Cuusoo!
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  October 1, 2012
Looks just like the real thing! ;) Marvellous!
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  October 1, 2012
Cute! Nice job on the belly with the little cheese slopes. Must have been tricky with those feet, too, quite a balancing act!
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  September 30, 2012
Another beauty. I now know all about a bird I'd never heard of. In other news, I've finished my chassis and I'll see you Tuesday :-))
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  September 30, 2012
Awesome Tom! Could you build a Killdeer? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killdeer
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  September 30, 2012
A nice little bird and a lovely little scene to go along with it. -LB Senior
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  September 30, 2012
Splendid bird! I like the little vig you made, although after Luke's comment I can't un-see the 30ft bird. =P Great posing, too. Especially good for marching, it seems.
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  September 30, 2012
another hit!
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  September 30, 2012
Incredible bird sculpting, and I like the landscape too. I must ask though, what is that tree type plant? It kind of makes the bird look 30 feet tall in comparison. ;)
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  September 30, 2012
Awwwww! He's cute!
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  September 30, 2012
Another little masterpiece! I'm especially impressed with how you did the bird's chest.
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  September 30, 2012
Awesome Job!
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  September 30, 2012
Nice, but especially excellent use of the ancient baseplate!
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  September 30, 2012
That's a cute one. And as always great presentation with wonderful images.
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  September 30, 2012
Beautiful!
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  September 30, 2012
Outstanding!
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  September 30, 2012
Cute Dodo!I love the picture,where he takes a dip.Superb bird as always!Oh,it would be much appreciated,if you can check out my newest Sierra.Take care!
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  September 30, 2012
Very nice! Where did you get that baseplate? You should do an actual dodo! That would be awesome!
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  September 30, 2012
Great landscape.
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  September 30, 2012
I love the way you did the chest! Great as always.
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  September 30, 2012
This moc does the real bird justice! I love it's functional wings, the diorama is also very nice. :)
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  September 30, 2012
great bird!! i love the design of his chest! pic 27... OPPA DODO STYLE :D
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  September 30, 2012
Great little nipper! Thanks for another birdie lesson. I did not know about this little guy! :)
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  September 30, 2012
Yay another bird! Great job on this one Tom!
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  September 30, 2012
Amazing Detomaso! I love the chest and head! The wings are superb, as always! :D
 
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