Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Terns :: Brown Noddy

Brown Noddy Anous stolidus

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Common Noddy, Noddy Tern
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia - Mar, 2004 © Tom Tarrant  Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia - Mar, 2004 © Tom Tarrant  Lady Elliot Island, Queensland, Australia - Nov, 2006 © Tom Tarrant  Ecuador - Jul, 1999 © Allen Chartier  Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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Tropical oceans;
(1) Galapagos Is.
(2) Is. off w. Mexico (Revillagigedo, Socorro Is., Tres Marias Is. and Isabella Is. off Nayarit) s. off w. Central America to Costa Rica and the Cocos Is.
(3) Se. Gulf of Mexico off se. United States (Florida, Dry Tortugas) and the Caribbean in the West Indies (Bahamas) to islands off e. Mexico (Yucatan), Belize (Alacran Reef and Isla San Andres) and is. off n. South America from Colombia (Octavia Rocks and Gorgona Is.) to Venezuela (Las Aves to Margarita), Trinidad, Tobago, Guiana and e. Brazil (ne. Bahia). Tropical s. Atlantic is. (Trinidade, Ascension, St. Helena, Tristan da Cunha (Inaccessible Is.), and Gough Islands) and in the Gulf of Guinea from Guinea to Cameroon.
(4) S. Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden on islands off Sudan, Somalia, Kenya.
(5) Madagascar, Comores and Mascarene Is., Seychelles, Aldabra, e. to Laccadive Is., islands off Sumatra (Nias), se. Belitung (Kebantuan Is.) to Ryukyu Is., Bonin Is., w., n. and e. Australia (Houtman Abrohos Is. off Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland (Raine Is., Great Barrier Reef islands, Lady Elliot Island, Musgrave Island and Michaelmas Cay) and New South Wales), Norfolk Is., Fiji, Tonga (Eua and Kalau Is.), s. Polynesia e. to Sala-y-Gomez, the Hawaiian Is. (Kure e. to Moku Manu and Manana off Oahu) and Easter Is. This race may also be the form occurring on the Desaventurados Is. off Chile. ___________________________________________________________________________________
North America n. of the Mexican border;
Summer: s. FLA along the Atlantic coast n. off GEO, SCA and NCA with scattered records n. to MAS (Cape Cod) and w. to e. TEX.


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Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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