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Anous tenuirostris (*)

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Superphylum: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Megaclassis: Osteichthyes
Cladus: Sarcopterygii
Cladus: Rhipidistia
Cladus: Tetrapodomorpha
Cladus: Eotetrapodiformes
Cladus: Elpistostegalia
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Cladus: Reptiliomorpha
Cladus: Amniota
Classis: Reptilia
Cladus: Eureptilia
Cladus: Romeriida
Subclassis: Diapsida
Cladus: Sauria
Infraclassis: Archosauromorpha
Cladus: Crurotarsi
Divisio: Archosauria
Cladus: Avemetatarsalia
Cladus: Ornithodira
Subtaxon: Dinosauromorpha
Cladus: Dinosauriformes
Cladus: Dracohors
Cladus: Dinosauria
Ordo: Saurischia
Cladus: Eusaurischia
Subordo: Theropoda
Cladus: Neotheropoda
Cladus: Averostra
Cladus: Tetanurae
Cladus: Avetheropoda
Cladus: Coelurosauria
Cladus: Tyrannoraptora
Cladus: Maniraptoromorpha
Cladus: Maniraptoriformes
Cladus: Maniraptora
Cladus: Pennaraptora
Cladus: Paraves
Cladus: Eumaniraptora
Cladus: Avialae
Infraclassis: Aves
Cladus: Euavialae
Cladus: Avebrevicauda
Cladus: Pygostylia
Cladus: Ornithothoraces
Cladus: Ornithuromorpha
Cladus: Carinatae
Parvclassis: Neornithes
Cohors: Neognathae
Cladus: Neoaves
Ordo: Charadriiformes
Subordo: Lari

Familia: Laridae
Genus: Anous
Species: Anous tenuirostris
Subspecies: A. t. melanops - A. t. tenuirostris

Anous tenuirostris (Temminck, 1823)

Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d'oiseaux livr. 34, pl. 202

Vernacular names
čeština: Nody bělotemenný
Deutsch: Schlankschnabelnoddi
English: Lesser Noddy
Esperanto: Mangrova ŝterno
español: Tiñosa Picofina
suomi: Pikkuruskotiira
français: Noddi à bec grêle
português: Andorinha-do-mar-preta-menor

The lesser noddy (Anous tenuirostris), also known as the sooty noddy, is a seabird in the family Laridae. It is found near the coastlines of Comoros, Kenya, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates.

The lesser noddy was at one time considered as a subspecies of the black noddy (Anous minutus).[2] The close relationship between the two species was confirmed by a molecular phylogenetic study published in 2016.[3]


The first formal description of the lesser noddy was by the Dutch zoologist Coenraad Jacob Temminck in 1823 under the binomial name Sterna tenuirostris.[4][5] The genus Anous was introduced by the English naturalist James Francis Stephens in 1826.[6] Anous is Ancient Greek for "stupid" or "foolish". The specific name tenuirostris is from the Latin tenuis for "slender" and -rostris "-billed".[7]

There are two subspecies:[8]

A. t. tenuirostris (Temminck, 1823) - islands of the west & north Indian Ocean
A. t. melanops Gould, 1846 - Houtman Abrolhos Islands (Western Australia)


The lesser noddy is 30–34 cm (12–13 in) in length with a wingspan of 58–63 cm (23–25 in) and a weight of 97–120 g (3.4–4.2 oz). The plumage is brownish black. The forehead and crown are lighter in colour. This species is smaller and slightly paler than the similar black noddy and has pale rather than dark lores.[2]

Giant tortoises have been observed to hunt the bird on Fregate Island in the Seychelles.[9]

BirdLife International (2018). "Anous tenuirostris". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2018: e.T22694805A132575736. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22694805A132575736.en. Retrieved 11 November 2021.
Gochfeld, M.; Burger, J.; Garcia, E.F.J. "Lesser Noddy (Anous tenuirostris)". In del Hoyo, J.; Elliott, A.; Sargatal, J.; Christie, D.A.; de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
Cibois, A.; Thibault, J.-C.; Rocamora, G.; Pasquet, E. (2016). "Molecular phylogeny and systematics of Blue and Grey Noddies (Procelsterna)". Ibis. 158 (2): 433–438. doi:10.1111/ibi.12363.
Temminck, Coenraad Jacob (1838) [1823]. Nouveau recueil de planches coloriées d'oiseaux, pour servier de suite et de complement aux planches enluminées de Buffon. Vol. 5. Paris: F.G. Levrault. Plate 202.
Peters, James Lee, ed. (1934). Check-list of Birds of the World. Vol. 2. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 347.
Stephens, James Francis (1826). General zoology, or Systematic natural history, by George Shaw. Vol. 13, Part 1. London: G. Kearsley. p. 139. The title page gives the year as 1825.
Jobling, James A. (2010). The Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. London: Christopher Helm. pp. 48, 381. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "Noddies, gulls, terns, auks". World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
Zora, Anna; Gerlach, Justin (2021-08-23). "Giant tortoises hunt and consume birds". Current Biology. 31 (16): R989–R990. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2021.06.088. ISSN 0960-9822.

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