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Brown Pelican photo by Tom Grey

Brown Pelican, breeding plumage at La Paz, Baja California Sur. (Photo courtesy: Tom Grey)

Common name:

Brown Pelican

Latin name:

Pelecanus occidentalis

Family:

Pelecanidae

Length:

51"

Wing span:

80"

Weight:

8 lb (3,740 g)

Habitat:

Open shores and bays

Notes:

Hunts fish with spectacular plunge-dives from 20-60 feet in the air. Listed as endangered species in 1971. See: Pelican project

Link:

Brown Pelican facts: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

 

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