- 7.5–9.1 in
- 15 in
- 4.7–7.2 oz
- Little Auk (British)
- Mergule nain (French)
- Mérgulo marino (Spanish)
- The Dovekie breeding population at Thule in northwestern Greenland is the among largest and densest breeding aggregations of all auks. This population traditionally has been estimated as 30 million birds.
- The Dovekie sometimes shows up out of range along the east coast of North America in massive wrecks of stranded, starving birds. Sustained, strong easterly winds may make feeding conditions unsuitable and push the weakened, emaciated birds landward. The largest recorded wreck in North America, in the winter of 1932 -1933, saw Dovekies raining down on the streets of New York City and large numbers washing up along the entire eastern seaboard, from Nova Scotia to Florida.
Marine crustaceans and small fish.
Bed of pebbles in crevice amongst boulder field. Nests in large colonies.
Dives underwater to capture prey, using its wings to swim.
Although numerous, the Dovekie is difficult to count. No reliable information exists about any trends in populations.
- Montevecchi, W. A., and I. J. Stenhouse. 2002. Dovekie (Alle alle). In The Birds of North America, No. 701 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.