April 18, 2015 – Brown Noddy or Common Noddy (Anous stolidus)

Requested by: taylorrbranham

These birds in the tern family spend most of their time at sea during the non-breeding season. They breed on tropical and subtropical islands, and are rarely seen inland unless blown there by tropical storms. They hover above or float on the surface of the water, searching for small fish and squid, then striking when they spot their prey. Some also steal fish from Brown Pelicans, or pick off small fish driven to the surface by predators like tuna. Nesting on the ground, in trees, or on cliffs and man-made structures, both parents incubate the egg and care for the chick.