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also dove·key  (dŭv′kē)
A small black-and-white seabird (Alle alle) of the Arctic and northern Atlantic Oceans, having a short bill and a stout body. Also called little auk.

[ Diminutive of dove.]
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(ˈdʌvkɪ) or


(Animals) another name for the little auk. See auk
[C19: Scottish diminutive of dove1]
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or dove•key

(ˈdʌv ki)

n., pl. -kies or -keys.
a small short-billed black-and-white auk, Alle alle, of N Atlantic and Arctic oceans.
[1815–25; dove1 + -kie compound suffix (see -ock, -ie)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dovekie - small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regionsdovekie - small short-billed auk abundant in Arctic regions
auk - black-and-white short-necked web-footed diving bird of northern seas
genus Plautus, Plautus - a genus of Alcidae
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petit guillemot
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2007: Predicting the sex of dovekies by discriminant analysis.
Fish migrating north in search of colder water and the dovekies lost in the landscape they were made for.
The position of the colony, on a rocky plateau above high cliffs on a small offshore island, is consistent with Atlantic Puffins (Bennike et al., 2008) or with Dovekies, which usually nest in crevices on talus slopes up to 400 m above sea level and are currently the most common colony-nesting seabird in the region (Montevecchi and Stenhouse, 2002).
In the North Pacific Ocean, individuals breed on Little Diomede Island in the Bering Strait; additional nesting Dovekies are thought to occur on King Island, St.
In winter, they sometimes fly out on to the ice floes to eat puffins, dovekies, razorbills and murres -- and even scavenge on polar bear seal kills.
Pelagic feeding ecology of Dovekies Alle alle in Lancaster Sound and western Baffin Bay.
Leigh Smith and his men then settled down for a relatively comfortable winter, the provisions they had salvaged being augmented by the meat of 34 bears and 24 walrus, plus vast numbers of murres and dovekies before they disappeared before the winter and after they returned in the spring.
I'm betting those observers hardy enough to buffet the cold and wind are now seeing through their scopes and binoculars huge numbers of gannets, along with a few penguin-like puffins, murres, razorbills, dovekies and guillemots.
Field and laboratory metabolism and thermoregulation in dovekies (Alle alle).
The foraging range of breeding dovekies, Alle alle.
Audubon Fall Pelagic Trip, aboard the MV/Granite State with leader Steve Mirick, search the length of Jeffrey's Ledge 20 miles offshore for gannets, puffins, petrels, shearwaters, skuas, dovekies, murres and razorbills, as well as whales and dolphins.
Similarly, black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla), thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia), yellow-billed loons (Gavia adamsii), and dovekies (Alle alle) have been spotted in the polynya on multiple occasions, and it is likely that these birds are non-breeders.