Terns (Sternidae)

Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris) - HBW 3, p. 665

French: Noddi marianne German: Schlankschnabelnoddi Spanish: Tiñosa Picofina

Taxonomy: Sterna tenuirostris Temminck, 1823, Senegal; error = Seychelles.
Forms superspecies with A. minutus; further study may even show the two to be conspecific. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • tenuirostris (Temminck, 1823) - Seychelles, Mascarene Is, and probably Maldives, with possible breeding attempts having taken place in Somalia; non-breeders visit Arabia, Madagascar and rarely Tanzanian coast.
  • melanops Gould, 1846 - Houtman Abrolhos Is (Western Australia), and formerly Indonesia.