Blue Noddy (species: Procelsterna cerulea) in Sydney Marine Life (Gaia Guide)
Procelsterna cerulea
Blue Noddy

©NSW Government, Australia: Grey Ternlet (Procelsterna cerulea)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Charadriiformes
Family Laridae
Genus Procelsterna
Species Procelsterna cerulea
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It is a small tern that is blue-grey above with pale grey
head, underbody and underwings. The tail is short and deeply forked. The bill, eye and legs are black and the feet are black with paler webs. Individuals have large, black eyes with a ring around them. Juveniles are very similar to adults but may be distinguished by their brownish colouration on upper parts, especially the crown. The sexes are alike and there is no plumage variation during breeding season. (Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service NSW)


  • From 25 cm to 30 cm (Length of specimen)


  • From 0.17 kg to 0.285 kg


  • From 46 cm to 61 cm


Similar taxa


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution: Grey Ternlet (Procelsterna cerulea)

Distribution and habitat preferences

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. (Wikipedia)

Web resources


  • Simpson, K., N. Day and P. Trusler (2004). Field Guide to Birds of Australia: 7th Edition Penguin Group (Australia), Camberwell, Victoria.