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Black Noddy - Anous minutus

Characteristics
Range
Habitat
Diet
Life Cycle
Behavior

 Classification

 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Charadriiformes
 Family: Laridae
 Genus: Anous


Black Noddy

ICUN Redlist - World Status: Least Concern Least Concern
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  Characteristics
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 and 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.

  Range
rangeIn the United States, the black noddy can be found in the Dry Tortugas off the coast of Florida and in Hawaii. It does not breed in the Dry Tortugas. It can also be found in tropical areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
  Habitat
The black noddy can be found on the open ocean and on coastal islands.
  Diet

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 will continue to feed it for another couple of weeks.

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

 



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