Wasseramsel / White-throated dipper (Cinclus cinclus)Wikipedia eBird Vogelwarte BirdLife ZH Xeno-Canto BirdID NABU
Wikipedia - Cinclus cinclus, Wasseramsel. Quelle: WIKIPEDIA
Systematik: Gattung Cinclus; Familie Wasseramseln (Cinclidae)
I saw a bird in Meride on a tree limb that showed three bands of strong colors that I recall as black, white and red-brown. Unfortunately I discovered that my camera battery was dead, so I can only rely on a very shaky memory. I've speculatively identified it as a White-throated Dipper (German Wasseramsel), which are present in that area, though are most expected at water (there's a river nearby though). At least I'll have this bird on my radar now.
Expected near rivers and streams.
Gesang: Song a mid tempo, staccato improvisation on contact call-like sounds. Not unlike a budgerigar. Both sexes sing, the female less melodic and more staccato than the male. [Link]
Rufe: Contact call a short, metallic and explosive "zrreet", often betraying its presence perched among boulders or when flying up and down a stream. [Link]
Körperlich: Länge=18 cm, Flügelspanne=25-30 cm, Gewicht=49-84 g
Gesang: Wonderfully weird sequence of chirps, cheeps, growls. Elements often repeated twice. In a quiz, I mistook it for a starling.
Gesang Eigenschaften: Melody: improvisiert melodisch, schnell, Frequency: 1-7 KHz Special sounds: komisch, Wiederholungen, Raspel
Ruf: Chirp repeated 1-2s.
Ruf Eigenschaften: Ruf Melodie: einnotig, langsam, Frequenz: 4-7 KHz,
♫ Song recorded in Bern from Xeno-Canto Wonderfully weird sequence of chirps, cheeps, growls with repeated elements. Quelle: XENOCANTO (Gesang)
♫ Call recorded in Sweden from Xeno-Canto Sequence of monotone chirps. At XC it says wing flutter is also audible. Quelle: XENOCANTO (flight call)
♫ Quelle: XENOCANTO (Gesang?)
♫ Quelle: XENOCANTO (Ruf)