Here’s a bird you only see in tropical climates and, being a seabird, you rarely see them on land. We saw thousands of these noddies on Heron Island amidst the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
This bird is a member of the tern family. Also known as the white-capped noddy, Anous minutus feed on fish and squid; and nest in trees on sea islands, often returning to the same nest. They are about 15 inches long (37 cm). More noddy info here.
Sleek and elegant with their black plumage and white crown, there are over 70,000 pairs nesting on Heron Island during their breeding season (Oct.-April). They line their nests, however, with their droppings and oh, try to imagine the smell of 70,000 fecal-covered nests tucked into a small forest on a very hot tropical island.
Still, they are lovely.
Photo credit: Athena Alexander