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Blue noddy

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Kingdom  Animalia
Genus  Procelsterna
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
Family  Sternidae
Scientific name  Procelsterna cerulea
Higher classification  Procelsterna
Order  Shorebirds
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Similar  Grey noddy, Bird, Tern, Spectacled tern, Black noddy

The blue noddy (Procelsterna cerulea) is a species of tern in the family Sternidae. It is also known as the blue-grey noddy.

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It is found in American Samoa, the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Samoa, Tonga (Niua), Tuvalu and Hawaii. It has occurred as a vagrant in Australia and Japan. Its natural habitat is open, shallow seas in tropical and subtropical regions.

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There are five listed subspecies:

P. c. saxatilis (Fisher, 1903): Marcus Island & north Marshall Islands to northwest Hawaii

P. c. cerulea (Bennett, 1840): Kiritimati Island & the Marquesas Islands

P. c. nebouxi (Mathews, 1912): Phoenix Islands, Tuvalu, Fiji & the Samoan Islands

P. c. teretirostris (Lafresnaye, 1841):Tuamotu Archipelago, Cook, Austral & Society Islands

P. c. murphyi (Mougin & Naurois, 1981): Gambier Islands (French Polynesia)

The grey noddy (Procelsterna albivitta) replaces it to the south of its range; the two were formerly considered to be a single species but are now often split.

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References

Blue noddy Wikipedia


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