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White Pelicans

American White Pelicans, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos, spend the summer months in colonies In Canada and Northwestern United States where they breed and raise their young on lakes.

Before winter, flocks of white pelicans soar into Florida by flying high in a V formation. One of North America’s largest birds, white pelicans are hard to miss with their wingspan of up to 9 1/2 feet. Black wingtips and pink or reddish-orange legs, feet, and bills make this bird a must-see.

Look for white pelicans on coastal waters, bays, estuaries, and inland waterways. Their nests, consisting of sticks and dirt, can be found on the ground. Watch as these graceful birds float on the surface of the water and dip their heads to scoop up a fish dinner. You will often find several of them together as they participate in a group effort to herd fish into a buffet for all.

We can all work together to make sure these vulnerable beauties are here for our next generations to enjoy by eliminating pesticides and cleaning up litter including monofilament lines.

Have you seen White Pelicans?
Please post the location in the comments so we all can have an opportunity to see them too.

Photo Credit: Andy Waldo at Orlando Wetlands Park

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