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Peruvian Pelican Pelecanus thagus

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Though closely related, the Peruvian Pelican is almost twice as large as its northern congener, the Brown Pelican.  The species breeds along the Pacific Coast of South America in Peru and Chile.  Though still common, with about half a million breeding adults, the population has been negatively affected by strong El Niño fluctuations and changes in food fish populations, particularly anchoveta.  Peruvian Pelicans are easily observed from shore as they fly back and forth in nearshore waters by means of soaring interrupted by deep, methodical wingbeats.

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Recommended Citation

Peruvian Pelican (Pelecanus thagus), 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/perpel1