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Brown pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelican, although it is a large bird in nearly every other regard. This bird is distinguished from the American White Pelican by its brown body and its habit of diving for fish from the air, as opposed to co-operative fishing from the surface. It eats mainly fish and amphibians as well as crustaceans. Groups of Brown Pelicans often travel in single file, flying low over the water's surface. The nest location varies from a simple scrape on the ground on an island to a bulky stick nest in a low tree. These birds nest in colonies, usually on islands. The anchovy supply is particularly important to the nesting success of the Brown Pelican.


Deerfield Beach, FL


Photographed in the rain so not the best images.

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KarenL 8 years ago

Thanks Carol!
I've been managing to get a few spottings in between the showers!

CarolSnowMilne 8 years ago

I know you have had some bad weather! Good going anyway!

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Deerfield Beach, Florida, USA

Spotted on May 23, 2012
Submitted on May 23, 2012

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