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American White Pelican

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About the American White Pelican

Also known as: White Pelican, Rough-billed Pelican

The American White Pelican is a large seabird that lives in North America. These big white birds breed across much of the central U.S. and into Canada. They winter across the southwest and American southeast, including Florida, and through much of Central America.

American White Pelicans, like other species of pelican, have enormous bills which are flat on top and have a soft sac along the bottom. These birds feed by catching prey, typically fish, as they swim. They often feed together in cooperative groups.

The population trend for the American White Pelican is increasing and the species has a conservation status of Least Concern as of September 2013. Males and females look alike, though males are typically larger in size.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 29 September 2013
Scientific Name Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Pelecanidae
  • Pelecanus
  • P. erythrorhynchos
Birdorable Family Waterbirds
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
50 to 65 inches
96.1 to 114.2 inches
157.7 to 317.5 ounces

International Names

  • 美洲鹈鹕 (Chinese)
  • pelikán severoamerický (Czech)
  • Amerikansk Hvid Pelikan (Danish)
  • Witte Pelikaan (Dutch)
  • amerikanpelikaani (Finnish)
  • Pélican d'Amérique (French)
  • Nashornpelikan (German)
  • Pellicano bianco americano (Italian)
  • アメリカシロペリカン [amerikashiroperikan] (Japanese)
  • Amerikapelikan (Norwegian)
  • pelikan dzioborogi (Polish)
  • Американский белый пеликан (Russian)
  • Pelícano Norteamericano (Spanish)
  • Hornpelikan (Swedish)