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Family pELECANiDAE

Species pelaanus occidentalis

Length 45 in (115 cm)

Family pELECANiDAE

Species pelaanus occidentalis

Length 45 in (115 cm)

brown breeding plumage on back • of neck distribi riON

expandabu bill pouch

Juvenile

Brown Pelican

I his is one of two species of pelican that plunge-dive for fish, hurtling down from the air with spread wings that are stretched back as the bird hits the water. The birds also occasionally catch fish while swimming on the surface. The Brown Pelican is common along sea coasts and estuaries, and is often tame and trusting. Nest colonies are usually located on coastal islands.

• NEST A hollow ill the ground, lined with feathers and debris; or a mound of mixed materials; or a stick platform in a bush or tree.

• Distribution Pacific coast of the Americas from W. Canada to N. Peru, and Atlantic coast from N. USA to N. Brazil. Northern populations migrate southward within this range brown breeding plumage on back • of neck expandabu bill pouch

Juvenile distribi riON

Plumage Scxcs aHkc

Habitat n»jj

Migration Migram

Species \iorus /,aSsanus

Family gULIDAK

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