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American White Pelican

Pélican d'Amérique

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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Life, Habitat & Pictures of the American White Pelican

B L W W W Family Latin Name
62" 157.5cm 108" 274cm 16.4lb. 7.4kg Pelecanidae Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  • Summer
  • Year Around
  • Winter
American White Pelican range

Distribution: The American White Pelican has the widest wingspan of all the birds in North America as they measure over 9 feet. In breeding season it is seen in huge numbers on the Canadian and US plains, nesting on the rivers and lakes unlike the eastern and western Brown Pelican which nests on the coast. Only during the winter months will it likely fly to the Pacific and Atlantic coast or the Gulf of Mexico to wait out the colder months.

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database

ABA - American Birding Association

AOS - The American Ornitholgy Society

ABC - American Bird Conservancy

eBird - TheCornellLab of Ornithology

NA - National Geographic

NAC - National Audubon Society

Classic Collection of North American Birds