At a Glance
Among the thousands of Brown Noddies at the Dry Tortugas, Florida, one or two Black Noddies have been found in most years since 1960. This tropical tern, slightly smaller and darker than the Brown Noddy, has not yet been proven to nest there.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Gull-like Birds, Gulls and Terns
Coasts and Shorelines, Open Ocean
Direct Flight, Rapid Wingbeats
Range & Identification
14" (36 cm). Very similar to Brown Noddy but smaller, slightly darker, with distinctly thinner and longer-looking bill. Edge of white cap may seem more sharply defined.
About the size of a Crow, About the size of a Robin
Pointed, Short, Tapered
Long, Notched, Pointed, Wedge-shaped
Songs and Calls
A sharp kit, kit.
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