Dovekie Life History

Food

Food Aquatic invertebratesMarine crustaceans and small fish.Back to top

Nesting

Nest Cliff

Nest Description

Bed of pebbles in crevice amongst boulder field. Nests in large colonies.Back to top

Behavior

Behavior Surface DiveDives underwater to capture prey, using its wings to swim.Back to top

Conservation

Conservation Low ConcernAlthough numerous, the Dovekie is difficult to count, and there is little reliable information on population trends. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan estimates a continental breeding population of 1,000 breeding birds, rates the species a 15 out of 20 on the Continental Concern Score, and lists it as a Species of Moderate Concern. Dovekie is not on the 2014 State of the Birds Watch List.Back to top

Credits

Kushlan, J. A., M. J. Steinkamp, K. C. Parsons, J. Capp, M. A. Cruz, M. Coulter, I. Davidson, L. Dickson, N. Edelson, R. Elliott, R. M. Erwin, S. Hatch, S. Kress, R. Milko, S. Miller, K. Mills, R. Paul, R. Phillips, J. E. Saliva, W. Sydeman, J. Trapp, J. Wheeler and K. Wohl. 2002. Waterbird conservation for the Americas: The North American waterbird conservation plan, version 1. Washington, D.C.: Waterbird Conservation for the Americas.

Montevecchi, William A. and Iain J. Stenhouse. 2002. Dovekie (Alle alle), version 2.0. In The Birds of North America (P. G. Rodewald, editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative. 2014. The State of the Birds 2014 Report. US Department of Interior, Washington, DC, USA.

Sibley, David Allen. 2014. The Sibley guide to birds, second edition. Alfred A Knopf, New York.

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