Brown (Common) Noddy using the head of a Brown Pelican as a fishing perch.

Brown (Common) Noddy using the head of a Brown Pelican as a fishing perch.
Species: Brown Noddy   Anous stolidus
Subspecies: galapagensis
Author: Chris Charles
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Added to IBC: 18 Dec 2011 - 03:27
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Altitude (m): 
42 meters


The Noddy would clean up the leftovers that slipped out of the Pelicans beak as it expelled the trapped water. The Pelican could not lift its head due to the weight of trapped water so the Noddy enjoyed a stable perch & a free kick.

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Chris Charles, IBC990509. Accessible at

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Chris Charles, IBC990509. Photo of Brown Noddy Anous stolidus at Baltra, Galapagos Islands. Accessible at

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