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Brown noddy

Thai: นกน็อดดี้, nok noti

Binomial name: Anous stolidus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758

The brown noddy or common noddy (Anous stolidus) is a seabird from the tern family. The largest of the noddies, it can be told from the closely related black noddy by its larger size and plumage, which is dark brown rather than black. The brown noddy is a tropical seabird with a worldwide distribution, ranging from Hawaii to the Tuamotu Archipelago and Australia in the Pacific Ocean, from the Red Sea to the Seychelles and Australia in the Indian Ocean and in the Caribbean to Tristan da Cunha in the Atlantic Ocean. The brown noddy is colonial, usually nesting on the in elevated situations on cliffs or in short trees or shrubs. It only occasionally nests on the ground. A single egg is laid by the female of a pair each breeding season.

Etymology: Anous is Greek for "unmindful" (Harrison, 1990; see also nous), and stolidus means "impassive" in Latin (see also stolid). The birds are often unwary and find safety in enormous numbers. To sailors, they were well known for their apparent indifference to hunters or predators.

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Scientific classification

Anous stolidus

Common names

  • English:
    • Brown noddy
    • Common noddy
  • French: Noddi brun
  • Thai: นกน็อดดี้, nok noti


  • Anous stolidus galapagensis, Richard Bowdler Sharpe, 1879

    Range: Galapagos Islands

  • Anous stolidus pileatus, Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, 1786

    Range: Red Sea, Indian Ocean east through the Pacific to Hawaii & Easter Island

  • Anous stolidus ridgwayi, Anthony, 1898

    Range: Islands off western Mexico to Costa Rica

  • Anous stolidus stolidus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758

    Range: Islands of the Caribbean and tropical Atlantic

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Range map of Anous stolidus in Thailand

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