Brown Noddy

Image of Brown Noddy

More than 2,000 pairs of Brown Noddies nest on Bush Key within Dry Tortugas National Park. The Brown Noddy is a tern that associates with other tern species, especially the Sooty Tern. Brown Noddies lay a single egg each year and nest close together in tightly packed colonies. Records outside of the Florida Keys are usually as a result of storm blown birds during the hurricane season. Brown Noddies have been recorded in recent years at Lighthouse Point Park and Sebastian Inlet State Park. 

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Bird's habitat

This is a pelagic species that flies over tropical oceans and nests on small tropical islands such as the Dry Tortugas.

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