Chordates •

Little auk

(Alle alle)



The little auk or dovekie (Alle alle) is a small auk,the only member of the genus Alle.Alle is the Sami name of the long-tailed duck;it is onomatopoeic and imitates the call of the drake duck.Linnaeus was not particularly familiar with the winter plumages of either the auk or the duck,and appears to have confused the two species.It breeds on islands in the high Arctic.There are two subspecies: A.a.alle breeds in Greenland,Iceland,Novaya Zemlya and Svalbard,and A.a.polaris on Franz Josef Land.A small number of individuals breed on Little Diomede Island in the Bering Strait with additional breeding individuals thought to occur on King Island,St.Lawrence Island,St.Matthew Island and the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.

Taxonomic tree:

Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
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