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Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Description:

The brown pelican is about four feet in length. It has a brown and gray body and a white head with a light brown crown. Its neck is dark brown during breeding season. Young pelicans are all brown. The brown pelican has a very long gray bill with a large pouch of skin. Its pouch holds two or three times more than its stomach can hold -- close to three gallons of fish and water! Males and females look the same.

Habitat:

Small tropical caye on Belize Barrier Reef.

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joanbstanley
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joanbstanley

Belize

Spotted on Oct 15, 2013
Submitted on Oct 25, 2013

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