American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

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Breeding adult

Huge snow-white waterbird with a long neck, and a massive bill. A yellow plate forms on the upper bill of breeding adults.

Nonbreeding adult

Large waterbird with a long yellow bill with an extendable pouch used to scoop fish out of the water.

Breeding adult

Large but graceful flyer with black flight feathers and a white body.

Breeding adult

Soars gracefully on very broad, stable wings. Often soars using thermals.

Flock

Often travels and forages in large flocks, sometimes traveling long distances in V-formations.

Flock

Frequently seen in groups whether it be loafing, migrating, or foraging.

Habitat

Typically breeds on islands in shallow wetlands in the interior of the continent. They spend winters on coastal waters, bays, and estuaries.

Recommended Citation

American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos), In Neotropical Birds Online (T. S. Schulenberg, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. retrieved from Neotropical Birds Online: https://neotropical.birds.cornell.edu/Species-Account/nb/species/amwpel