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little auk

the dovekie, Alle alle.
Origin of little auk
First recorded in 1875-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The food of the little auk consists largely of minute crustaceans, and possibly of small fish.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The guillemots, also, are not so numerous as they were two days ago; but from to-day we date the reappearance of the little auk.

  • The little auk was not there, only Puffins inhabited that part of the island, and we had to regain the top as best we could.

  • The gulls increase conspicuously in number, and yesterday we saw a little auk (Mergulus alle) in a lane.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The little auk is no longer to be seen or heard; the only birds are an ivory-gull now and then, and occasionally a fulmar.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • When far off they uttered cries which reminded me of that of the wryneck, and which I at first thought came from a little auk.

    Farthest North Fridtjof Nansen
  • The Dovekie is sometimes called a little auk to distinguish it from the larger species of the family.

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