Black Noddy Anous minutus



Distinguishing Characteristics

30.5 - 34 cm. 100 g. Bill long, slightly thin, black. Body plumage blackish gray. Wings dark, relatively short. Tail blackish, wedge-shaped. Legs short, black. Individuals first summer (March-August): Crown and forehead white. Feathers that cover the wings above, buff. Adult individuals: Crown and forehead white. Nape grayish. Feathers that cover the wings above, dark-brown. Males and females are similar. Juveniles are similar to individuals of first summer, but the feathers that cover de wings above are grayish.

Similar Species

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) is larger and clearer, the white crown and forehead less broad than Black Noddy; wedge-shaped on tail more obvious in flight than those of Anous stolidus.

Detailed Description

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Recommended Citation

Black Noddy (Anous minutus), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: