Black Noddy

Common Names:

Black Noddy, White-capped Noddy

Distribution / Range

The Black Noddy has a worldwide distribution in tropical and subtropical seas. Colonies are widespread in the Pacific Ocean and more scattered across the Caribbean, central Atlantic and in the northeast Indian Ocean.

At sea it is usually seen close to its breeding colonies within 80 km of shore. Birds return to colonies, or other islands, in order to roost at night.

Description

The Black Noddy has a mostly greyish-brown / blackish plumage except for the white cap.  It resembles the closely-related Brown or Common Noddy (A. stolidus), except it is smaller in size and has a darker plumage, a whiter cap, a longer, straighter beak and shorter tail.

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Black Noddy

Black Noddy

Bill Shape
all-purpose
Regions
florida
hawaii
texas
Tail Shape
notched-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
pointed-wings
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Color
black
brown
Body Shape
gull
Size
medium
Order
waders, shorebirds, seabirds - charadriiformes
gulls, terns, skimmers - bird family: Laridae, order: Charadriiformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species