American White Pelican

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 December 2023. Males and females look alike, though males are typically larger in size.

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