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, common name for a member of the family Alcidae (alcid family), swimming and diving birds of the N Atlantic and Pacific, which includes the guillemots and puffins. Their legs are set far back on their bodies, making them clumsy on land, where they seldom venture except to
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(Alle alle also little auk, a bird of the family Alcidae of the order Charadriiformes. It measures approximately 25 cm long and weighs about 150 g. The coloration is black above and white below.

The dovekie is distributed in the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean and the western part of the Arctic Ocean and spends most of the year in the ocean. It nests in large colonies along rock coasts in the arctic. In the USSR it nests in Novaia Zemlia, Franz Josef Land, and Severnaia Zemlia. The eggs (usually one, some-times two) are deposited directly on the ground beneath rocks. The bird feeds on small marine invertebrates. It is of local commercial importance for its meat.

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3 [micro]g/g DW), and Zn (11-47 [micro]g/g DW) concentrations in two moss species (Sanionia uncinata and Hylocomium splendens) within a Dovekie colony were up to twice as high as in specimens collected outside the colonies (Godzik, 1991), and were similar to those in the mid-Holocene A.
During winter, Dovekies may be abundant along coastal areas in northwestern Europe, northwestern Greenland, Iceland, the Svalbard Archipelago, and Newfoundland and Labrador (Renaud and others 1982; Stenhouse and Montevecchi 1996; Montevecchi and Stenhouse 2002; Sealy and Carter 2004).
Typcally, prebasic molt in breeding Dovekies occurs from August-October (Gaston and Jones 1998).
1998), and all but eight species (Canada geese, dovekies, gyrfalcons, thick-billed murres, great black-backed gull, American tree swallow, bank swallow, yellow-rumped warbler) have been seen at Truelove Lowland (Pattie, 1990).
In dovekies, as in auks, the black colour is completely caused by eumelanin (van Grouw, 2006), and thus the observed individual represents the "brown" aberration, in which the appearance of the eumelanin in feathers is changed.
Dovekies are available for gull predation as adults or subadults, eggs, chicks, and fledglings in different phases of the breeding period, and as a result, the gulls have developed a variety of hunting methods to capture dovekies in particular situations (Stempniewicz, 1983, 1995, 2001).
Estimation of carbon flux to dovekies (Atte alle) in the North Water.
libellula) in the NOW was indicated in a study of the diet of dovekies (Pedersen and Falk, 2001).
x 440 Common eider Somateria mollissima 0 x 74 Dovekie Alle alle ?
1988), we suspect that a small population of Pacific dovekies has formed, with its wintering area somewhere near the Kuril Islands.
Foraging aggregations above stratified water have also been reported in other arctic seabirds preying on copepods, such as dovekies (Mehlum, 1990) and least auklets (Aethia pusilla) (Hunt and Harrison, 1990; Hunt et al.
For our analyses, we included all birds seen, except in the cases of thick-billed murres and dovekies (Alle alle), for which only birds sitting on the water were included.