Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Black noddy

Black noddy

Black (white-capped) noddies build nests in tree forks or shrubs, gluing twigs, leaves and litter together with their faeces. On islands without trees or shrubs, they make nests on rock. They breed in small numbers in New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands, but are more numerous on islands off north-east Australia. When roosting they have an odd way of spreading themselves out as if sunbathing.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Noddies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2023)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015