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American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
American White Pelican

The American White Pelican is one of the largest birds in North America. It spends most of its life along the coasts but moves inland to breed.  The American White Pelican forages mainly on fish in shallow wetlands and breeds mainly on isolated islands in freshwater lakes. Islands used for breeding are often 30 or more miles from foraging areas and the nest is a shallow depression with a low rim that the bird forms while sitting. Pelicans nest in colonies located on islands that are not flooded regularly which makes Clear Lake Refuge an excellent choice for nesting. 


 

Facts About American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos 

Order:Pelecaniformes

Family:Pelecanidae

Size: 127-165 cm

Color: White with black primaries bill and legs are bright orange

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2013
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