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Black Noddy

(Anous minutus)
Alternate name(s): "White-capped Noddy", "Titerack"
Size: 33-36 cm; wing span ca. 65 cm
Weight: 100-145 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Black Noddy at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "minutus"

ADULT

Close-up lateral view of a Black Noddy (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a Black Noddy (photo courtesy of H. Mouritsen)
[One Tree Island, Capricornia Cays NP, QLD, January 2011]

Group of Black Noddies on a beach (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Lateral view of a Black Noddy in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[North Beach, Lord Howe Island, November 2014]

Lateral view of a Black Noddy coming in to land on a sandy beach (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[North Beach, Lord Howe Island, November 2014]

View from above onto a Black Noddy in flight (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[North Beach, Lord Howe Island, November 2014]

Direct comparison of Black Noddies, lower left, and Common Noddies, upper right (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Sep - Jan Eggs: 1 Incubation period: ca. 30? days Fledging age: ?

The breeding seasons of Black Noddies can vary and the range given above in the table is only an indication of the core period.

Nest

"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Basket Material: Seeweed, other plants Height above ground: 1? - 10? m

Black Noddies nest in colonies.

Frontal view of a Black Noddy perched near its nest (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Black Noddy on its nest (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Oi mate! That is close enough...! (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Pair of Black Noddies at its nest (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Example of a Black Noddy breeding colony (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

(Presumably) the highest-ranking pair of Black Noddies gets to nest at the top of the shrub (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Lady Elliot Island, near Agnes Water, QLD, January 2016]

Small Black Noddy nesting colony in a Norfolk Island Pine tree (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[North Beach, Lord Howe Island, November 2014]

Black Noddy carrying nesting material (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[North Beach, Lord Howe Island, November 2014]

Eggs

"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 45 x 31 mm Colour: Creamy, with grey to black and brown speckles Shape: Tapered oval

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