Blue-gray Noddy

Procelsterna cerulea

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

BGNO

Code 6

PROCER

ITIS

ILLUSTRATION

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Blue-gray Noddy is a small tern that breeds on remote, pelagic islands in tropical waters of the central and southwestern Pacific Ocean. It occurs in shallow waters close to its breeding grounds and is found in the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The population of the Blue-gray Noddy is believed to number in the tens of thousands and has been given a conservation rating of Least Concern by the IUCN.

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SUMMARY

Overview

Blue-gray Noddy: This small seabird has pointed wings, a short, slightly forked tail and a white partial eye ring. It has a short black dagger-like bill and black legs and feet. It is pale gray, darker gray on the back and rump, brown-gray on upper wings, and black-gray on primaries. It flies with rapid wing-beats near the surface of the water. It feeds on tiny fish, squid and small crustaceans.

 

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Blue-gray Noddy SONGS AND CALLS

Blue-gray Noddy QQ1

Squeaky chatter calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Reeliribit, reeliribit"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • A group of noddys are collectively known as an "affirmation", "niddle", and "sleepiness" of noddys.
  • The Blue-gray Noddy has the narrowest gape of any tern species.
  • The Blue-gray Noddy is also known as the Blue Noddy.
  • The Gray Noddy replaces it south of its range, the two were formerly considered to be the same species.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP HAWAII

About this Hawaii Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across the Hawaiian island.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

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Chris Vest

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BIRDS AND BIRDING

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PelagicX
The pelagic is a type of bird whose habitat is on the open ocean rather than in a coastal region or on inland bodies of water (lakes, rivers). An example of a pelagic bird is the blacklegged kittiwake.
Eye ringX
The circle around the eye formed of feathers that are a different color from the rest of the face.
PrimariesX
The primaries are the flight feathers specialized for flight. They are attached to the "hand" equivalent part of the wing.
RumpX
The area between the uppertail coverts and the back of the bird.
Lower mandibleX
The lower part of the bill.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X