Black NoddyAnous minutus
12" (30 cm). Smaller and darker than Brown Noddy, with a more extensive pure white cap. Rest of plumage dark brownish black, feet brownish black; bill long, thin, straight, and black; tail wedge-shaped.
A sharp kit, kit.
grating calls at colony
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Small oceanic and coastal islands in breeding season; otherwise wanders at sea.
Tropical portions of Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. In North America found only in Dry Tortugas, Florida (rare).
This pantropical tern is of extremely local occurrence in North America, but each year since 1960 birds have been found among nesting Brown Noddies in the Dry Tortugas. Although seen there regularly, the Black Noddy has not yet been known to nest there.
1 whitish egg, spotted with brown, in a stick nest lined with grass or seaweed, placed in a tree or bush.