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There are 7 subspecies:
Tropical and subtropical seas. Normally found near to its breeding colonies within 80 km of shore. They roost and nest on islands.
Its nest is a level platform made of dried leaves, grasses and twigs. The single egg is incubated by both adults for about 36 days. The chick is fed on regurgitated fish and fledges when it is about 36 days old. The parents will care for it for a few more weeks.
The diet includes small fish and aquatic invertebrates found close to the surface of the water.
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