Story: Gulls, terns and skuas

Black noddy chick

Black noddy chick

Black noddy chicks have a downy cap the same colour as that of their parents. They begin to fly when they are 50 days old, but unlike fledglings of other species they return to the nest to roost at night.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Gulls, terns and skuas - Noddies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 December 2023)

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