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Birds of North America, Vagrant Visitors, Introduced Birds and Possibilities

Brown Pelican

Pélican brun

Pelecanus occidentalis


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There are two sub-species of the Brown Pelican. One is the Brown Pelican (Pacific), as the name indicates is found along the western coast of the states bordering the Pacific Ocean. This pelican in considered threatened and is in the state of recovery. The other is the Brown Pelican (Atlantic), the more common of the two. It is found along the Atlantic coastlines and into the Gulf of Mexico. It can also be found throughout the Caribbean islands.

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Brown Pelican Range Map

The Brown Pelican is one the largest seabirds found in North America. Although, they might seen awkwards when observed on land, the pelicans can soar without effort. Recognized by their head-on dives, straight into the sea to capture fish, using their large lower bills to hold their prey. When traveling along the coast, it is common to see them perched on street lights and piers.

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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

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