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  • Brown Booby

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    Feeds by flying over the ocean looking for schools of fish, and then diving like a dart, with its wings streamlined against its body.  

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  • Masked Booby

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    Although the masked booby regularly lays two eggs, it almost never raises two young. The first egg is laid four to nine days before the second, and the older chick reacts by ejecting the smaller one from the nest. 

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  • Red-footed Booby

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    Well adapted for diving and feature long bills, lean and aerodynamic bodies, closeable nostrils, and long wings which they hold tight to their bodies before entering the water.

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  • Great Frigatebird

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    Perhaps the most striking feature of frigatebirds is the male's red throat pouch, which the male inflates into a large red balloon during courtship displays. 

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  • Lesser Frigatebird

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    Courtship display also involves a variety of calls, bill rattling and spreading of the wings.  

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  • Blue Noddy

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    This tiny noddy is restricted to feeding on tiny fish, squid, sea-skaters and small crustaceans.  

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  • Brown Noddy

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    The largest member of the noddy family; they weigh twice as much as black noddies (~200 grams). Chicks reach adult weight in 18 days. Most chicks outweigh parents in six weeks.  

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  • Gray-backed Tern

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    Nests are constructed in a variety of habitats (e.g., rocky ledges, open, sandy beaches) but usually at the base of vegetation or coral chunks.

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  • Sooty Tern

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    Nest in large, dense colonies consisting of thousands to a million pairs of terns. Nests are shallow scrapes often lined with bits of shell or vegetation 

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  • White Tern

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    Famous for laying its egg on a rock, a rock ledge, or a bare branch rather than in a nest. An egg laid in an exposed and precarious place results in a chick that must cling to the perch.  

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  • Red-tailed Tropicbird

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    Adult males and females are mostly white, except for partial black eye ring and short eye line, black flanks, and black shafts of outer primaries; both sexes have long, narrow, central tail feathers with red shafts that are used in aerial display.  

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  • Bristle-thighed Curlew

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    Bristle-thighed curlews make prodigious migrations twice a year from their breeding sites in Northern Alaska to the tiny tropical Pacific Islands where they spend the boreal winter. 

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  • Pacific Golden Plover

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    Flying non-stop to and from its Alaskan breeding grounds the Pacific golden plover almost doubles its body mass with stored fat before it sets off on its migration flight.

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  • Wandering Tattler

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    This trim gray shorebird is most easily distinguished from other similar species by its call which shounds much like its common name in the Hawai'ian language, Ulili.

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  • Ruddy Turnstone

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    The common name of this species also describes one of their foraging behaviors - to flip over stones and shells as they hunt for invertabrates to eat.  

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Page Photo Credits — USFWS, Mark MacDonald
Last Updated: Mar 06, 2014
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