Anous minutus Boie, 1844
White-capped or Black Noddy

The White-capped Noddy is abundant at Kwajalein and present year round. We have seen it nesting on many uninhabited islets in the atoll, and it is seen by fishermen in large "bird piles" over schools of feeding fish. It differs from the similar Brown or Common Noddy in its smaller size, blacker coloration, more distinct white cap on the head and straighter bill that is longer in proportion to its head than that of the Common Noddy. These differences and subtle, and it is possible some of our IDs may be incorrect.

Created 24 January 2018

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