Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


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Little Auk

The Little Auk, also known as the "Dovekie", is a small planktivorous alcid that breeds only in the Arctic (160 g). They arrive at breeding sites in Thule District in mid-May and leave mid-August. This bird typically lays one egg in a cavity on a steep rocky slope close to the sea. They raise one chick that leaves the nest about 27 days after hatching. It is estimated that 60 million Dovekies breed in the Thule District. A significant portion of those occur in the area from Cape Atholl south to Parker Snow Bay.

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