Dovekie

Alle alle

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Auks, Murres and Puffins (Alcidae)

Code 4

DOVE

Code 6

ALLALL

ITIS

Egg Color:

Blue white or green



Number of Eggs:

1



Incubation Days:

24 - 28



Egg Incubator:

Both sexes



Nest Location:

In a rock crevice.



Nest Material:

No material added to nest.



Migration:

Nonmigratory



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General

Dovekie: Small seabird with black upperparts and hood, white underparts, and stubby, black, sparrow-like bill. Wings are black with thin white trailing edge, visible when folded, and dark underwings. Sexes are similar. Winter adult and juvenile are duller with white throat, chin, and side of neck, and dark neck band.

Range and Habitat

Dovekie: Breed during the summer on islands around the Arctic, in the Bering Sea across to northern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Svalbard, and northern Russia. A migratory species, residing in low Arctic waters, but may be found in the United Kingdom and northeast United States. Breeds in huge colonies, building its nests amongst boulders and crevices on coastal slopes and cliffs.

Breeding and Nesting

Dovekie: One pale blue or green egg is laid in a nest on the bare ground hidden in a cranny of a rocky cliff. Incubation ranges from 24 to 28 days and is carried out by both parents.

Foraging and Feeding

Dovekie: Eats small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.

Vocalization

Dovekie: Call includes various shrill chatters and squeaks.

Similar Species

Dovekie: Common Murre is much larger, has longer bill and longer neck.

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UnderpartsX

Belly, undertail coverts, chest, flanks, and foreneck.

UpperpartsX
Back, rump, hindneck, wings, and crown.
ChinX
The area of the face just below the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X