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There are two members of the noddy family seen in North America. The Brown Noddy is the more commonly seen along the northern perimeters of the Gulf of Mexico and up along the eastern Atlantic coast. The Black Noddy is a vagrant whose habitat range is along the northern coast of South America. This noddy is sometimes seen in springtime at Fort Jefferson on Dry Tortugas Island, amongst the Brown Noddy who live there.
Noddies are very similar in appearance and behavior to terns. Having long pointed wings and long tail feathers, these seabirds are capable of manoeuvring along the waters in search of food with ease.