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(noun) The type of wildlife habitat found along the banks of a river, stream, lake or other body of water. Riparian habitats are ecologically diverse and may be home to a wide range of plants, insects and amphibians that make them ideal for different species of birds. Riparian areas can be found in many types of habitats, including grassland, wetland and forest environments.

Birds that prefer riparian habitats include a wide range of species such as finches, warblers, swallows, woodpeckers, flycatchers, herons, rails, egrets, dippers and water fowl.

Pronunciation: rip-PAIR-eee-an
Also Known As: Riparian Zone, Riparian Area, Riparian Corridor
Common Misspellings: Ripairian
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