Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican
Bob Gress

Brown Pelican
Pelecanus occidentalis
  • Comments:  Nonbreeding Brown Pelicans have a white to yellowish head and neck. Breeding birds have a dark hind neck, yellowish head and a dark to red gular pouch. Young birds are dark gray with a white belly. This species is found along ocean shores and bays and the only pelican to plunge-dive for fish. Nests are constructed on the ground on small remote islands, cliffs or occasionally in small trees and bushes.
  • Brown Pelicans occur in small numbers or are found only in localized sites within the Great Plains.

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