Brown Noddy: Seasonal Occurrence & Geographic Distribution

*Brown Noddy Anous stolidus

Lower Coast Status: Accidental in fall. Three records: along South Padre Island in the wake of Hurricane Gilbert, 1 8 September 1988; offshore of Port Isabel, 12 September 1992, and 8 September 2007. Has been recorded from both pelagic waters and along the coast after the passage of tropical storm activity.

TX Status: Casual to very rare summer visitor to offshore waters and the coast. There are 20 documented records.

Habitat: pelagic waters

Similar Species: Very similar to Black Noddy (no South Texas records) and juvenile Sooty Tern (uncommon). Brown Noddy differs from Black Noddy by the combination of larger size, dark brown (not black) plumage, relatively shorter and thicker bill, and less contrasting white crown. Differs from juvenile Sooty Tern by having complete dark brown (not black) plumage, double-rounded tail (not forked), shorter, more rounded wings, and behavior (swooping flight or hovering along the surface).

Voice: low-pitched grating calls

*Texas Review Species, requiring written or photographic documentation.            © Copyright  Brad McKinney  31 October 31, 2004 (Status updated by Garett Hodne Nov 2014)


The graph below shows the number and date of all Brown Noddy sightings on all Texas Pelagics from 1992 to 2014:

BRNO Graph


This map shows the geographic distribution of 1 Brown Noddy sightings (brown star) on a Texas Pelagic from South Padre Island. 

Brown Noddy has been found along the immediate coast and at the shelf edge. 

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