Terns (Sternidae)

Black Noddy (Anous minutus) - HBW 3, p. 665

French: Noddi noir German: Weißkopfnoddi Spanish: Tiñosa Menuda
Other common names: White-capped Noddy

Taxonomy: Anous minutus Boie, 1844, Raine Island, Australia.
Forms superspecies with A. tenuirostris, with which sometimes considered conspecific. Seven subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • worcesteri McGregor, 1911 - Cavilli I and Tubbataha Reef (Sulu Sea).
  • minutus Boie, 1844 - NE Australia and New Guinea to Tuamotu Is.
  • marcusi (Bryan, 1903) - Marcus I and Wake I through Micronesia to Caroline Is.

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  • worcesteri McGregor, 1911 - Cavilli I and Tubbataha Reef (Sulu Sea).
  • minutus Boie, 1844 - NE Australia and New Guinea to Tuamotu Is.
  • marcusi (Bryan, 1903) - Marcus I and Wake I through Micronesia to Caroline Is.
  • melanogenys G. R. Gray, 1846 - Hawaiian Is.
  • diamesus (Heller & Snodgrass, 1901) - EC Pacific at Cocos I and Clipperton Is.
  • americanus (Mathews, 1912) - Central America and Venezuelan islands; recently found and possibly nesting off Yucatán, Mexico, and in Lesser Antilles.
  • atlanticus (Mathews, 1912) - Atlantic islands (St Paul, Fernando de Noronha, Ascension, St Helena, formerly Inaccessible) N & E to Gulf of Guinea.