A global citizen science platform
to discover, share and identify wildlife

Join Project Noah!

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis


Brown Pelicans are huge, stocky seabirds. They have thin necks and very long bills with a stretchy throat pouch used for capturing fish. Their wings are very long and broad and are often noticeably bowed when the birds are gliding. Adult Brown Pelicans are gray-brown birds with yellow heads and white necks. In breeding plumage, the back and sides of the neck turn a rich, dark reddish-brown. Immatures are gray-brown above (including the head and neck) with pale whitish belly and breast.


Dauphin Island.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


Spotted by

Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA

Lat: 30.25, Long: -88.14

Spotted on May 17, 2014
Submitted on May 29, 2014

Related Spottings

Pelecanus Pelicans Brown Pelican Brown Pelican

Nearby Spottings

Dollarweed Ghost Shrimp holes Brown Pelican Spotting