Digi-scoped photo of the Brown Pelican taken on July 21, 2013 at Little Salt Marsh
Brown Pelicans typically are found on the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific coasts, and rarely are found far from the coasts. Although both species feed primarily on fish, American White Pelicans feed by dipping into the water while swimming (and often by engaging in synchronized, group feeding), while Brown Pelicans feed by diving head first into the water from high in the air.
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The tallest North American bird, and one of the rarest: now numbering about 600 in the world, there were once as few as 16.