Black Noddy

Anous minutus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

BLNO

Code 6

ANOMIN

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Black Noddy breeds on small islands in the tropical Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, and wanders widely in those same pelagic waters after breeding. Although the global population of this species has not been estimated, it is believed to be large and stable enough to warrant a conservation rating of Least Concern.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Black Noddy: Medium-sized tern, very dark brown-black with white cap, white (lower) half-eye ring, and long slender bill. Wedge shaped tail has small notch at tip. Sexes are similar. Juvenile appears more brown, white cap is more distinct.

 

Range and Habitat

Black Noddy: Worldwide distribution across tropical and subtropical waters; occurs in the western and central Pacific Ocean, with scattered populations in the Caribbean, central and eastern Atlantic and northeast Indian Ocean. Inhabits oceanic and coastal islands, ranging from low, sandy atolls to high, rocky islands. A few immature individuals seen in Dry Tortugas among Brown Noddies.

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Black Noddy SONGS AND CALLS

Black Noddy G2

Calls from birds near a nesting colony.

Black Noddy G3

"Krik krik krik" and other calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"crick crick crick", "kehrrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Black Noddies are so tolerant of humans that they can be picked up directly off their nests.
  • Noddies earned their common names due to their breeding displays, during which both sexes continually dip their heads.
  • The Black Noddy subspecies found on Palau was described by Bryan in 1903.
  • A group of noddies is collectively known as a "niddle," a "sleepiness," or an "affirmation" of noddies.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

RANGE MAP PALAU

About this Palau Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Palau islands.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

John Schwarz

Artist

Chris Vest

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