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- proper noun A taxonomic
familywithin the order Passeriformes— the dippers.
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Cinclodes comprise a terrestrial group of birds that are associated with streams, and considered a striking example of parallel evolution when considering Eurasian and American Dippers in the family Cinclidae.
An excellent example of how a limited group of species has been able to maintain itself by adaptation to one of these "vacant places" in nature, is afforded by the curious little birds called dippers or water-ouzels, forming the genus Cinclus and the family Cinclidae of naturalists.