Hawaiian Noddy

Anous Minutus

Order

CHARADRIIFORMES

Family

Gulls, Terns, Skimmers (Laridae)

Code 4

BLNO

Code 6

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CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

This Noddy is a medium-sized, abundant, and gregarious tern located in Oceania, throughout the Hawaiian Archipelago, including all islands of NWHI and the coastal cliffs and offshore islets of MHI. They feed on juvenile goatfish, lizardfish, herring, flying fish and gobies. They often forage in large, mixed species flocks associated with schools of large predatory fishes, which drive prey species to the surface. Noio generally forage in near shore waters, and feeds mainly by dipping the surface from the wing or by making shallow dives. They have a Least Concern evaluation. Noio are unusual because they are endemic coastal birds that reside in Hawaii year round, while most of Hawaiian sea birds spend winters in Hawaii and leave in summer to breed in the arctic.

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Hawaiian Noddy: These noddies are subspecies of the Black Noddy. They are medium-sized with yellow-orange legs and feet, and dark gray-brown to sooty black in color. They fly with rapid wing beats. Noio forage in near-shore waters for goat fish, herring, flying fish and gobies. Sexes are similar. They live along the coasts of the main Hawaiian Islands and throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

 

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Hawaiian Noddy SONGS AND CALLS

Hawaiian Noddy D1

Rattle and various calls.

Hawaiian Noddy D2

"Kyer-kyer" and rattle calls.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"Crick crick crick", "kehrrrrr"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • Noddies are actually a type of tern, but are distinguished from other terns by their distinctive nodding and bowing behavior during mating ceremonies.
  • Noio are unusual because they are endemic coastal birds that reside in Hawaii year round, while most of the Hawaiian sea birds spend winters in Hawaii, and leave in summer to breed in the arctic.
  • Their flight is swift with rapid wing beats and usually direct and low over the ocean; this species almost never soars high.
  • These birds first breed at two to three years of age, and the oldest known individual was 25 years old.

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RANGE MAP HAWAII

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

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