The Brown Noddy is a obsure colored tern typically found off the mainland throughout much of the world. During courtship rituals, the female and male bow and nod to each other, hence the name noddy. This species breeds in colonies on rocks, islets, and islands in warm seas. Except around their breeding areas, the Brown Noddy is rarely seen near land as it is a primarily pelagic species.
The brown noddy forages by swooping over the water and dipping down to catch small squid and fish. *The species known to steal fish from the open gular pouches of Brown Pelicans.