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Black Noddy - Anous minutus

Black Noddy


 Kingdom: Animalia
 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes
 Family: Laridae
 Genus: Anous
ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least Concern Least Concern


Black NoddyThe black noddy is about a foot in length with a wingspan of about two feet. It has black to brown feathers and a white cap. It has black legs and feet; a long, straight, thin, pointed black bill; and a forked gray tail. The black noddy is also known as the Hawaiian or white-capped noddy.


In the United States, the black noddy is found in the Dry Tortugas off the coast of Florida and in Hawaii. It can also be found in tropical areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.




The black noddy is found on the open ocean and on coastal islands.


Black NoddyThe black noddy's diet is made up of small fish and aquatic invertebrates that are found close to the surface of the water.

Life Cycle

Black NoddyNests are built in trees and are made with grasses, twigs and leaves. The female lays one egg and incubation lasts about 36 days.

Both the male and the female incubate the egg. Both parents feed the chick regurgitated fish.

The chick fledges when it is about 36 days old. Its parents continue to feed it for another couple of weeks.


During courtship, black noddys bob their heads and exchange fish! 

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