Black Noddy

Anous minutus / Gogo Uli
Black Noddy

Black noddies’ forehead and crown are grayish white, extending back on the head. Their forked tail is slightly grey and the remaining plumage is brown with black legs and feet. They appear blacker than the brown noddy and have a longer, thinner bill and whiter cap with straighter demarcation at lores than the brown noddy. Their body mass is roughly half that of the brown noddy.

Black Noddies build substantial nests lined with leaves in the trees at Rose Atoll. Old nests are sometimes renovated and reused. One speckled egg is laid and incubation lasts approximately 36 days. Incubation shifts average about one half day at colonies where they have been studied.

Chicks look like miniature versions of their parents and are brooded for several days after hatching. After about three weeks adults spend little time with chicks, except for feeding. Chicks are fed regurgitated fish or whole fish as they get older. Fledging occurs approximately 36 days after hatching. Post-fledging feeding continues for several weeks.

Facts About Black Noddy

Inshore surface feeders. Feed on small fish brought to the surface by predatory fish such as tuna and jacks.
Life Span
16-18 years
Length: 35-39 cm (14-15 in); wingspan: 66-72 cm (26-28 in)