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Brown Noddy

by | Jun 14, 2022

* Brown Noddy  Anous stolidus

TX Coastal / Offshore Status: Casual to very rare summer visitor to offshore waters and the coast. There are 24 documented records all from coastal / offshore areas.

Habitat: pelagic waters

Similar Species: Very similar to Black Noddy 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 to TBRC.
(1) TOS Handbook of Texas Birds; by Mark W. Lockwood and Brush Freeman (2005)
(2) Lower Texas Coast Status from Brad McKinney’s annotated checklist (updated 2009).

Seasonal Occurrence Graph

Texas Pelagics Sightings Distribution

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