Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican © Australian Museum During periods of starvation, pelicans have been reported capturing and eating seagulls and ducklings. The gulls are held under water and drowned before being eaten headfirst. Pelicans will also rob other birds of their prey. Identification There are seven species of pelicans in the world, all of which are similar … Read more

Does a Pelican’s Bill Hold More Than Its Belly Can?

Follow That Bill: Pelican Features Pelicans are part of the order Pelecaniformes, which includes around 50 species of waterbirds. These birds are distinguished from other orders by their four webbed toes, the fact that they breathe through their mouths instead of nares (nostrils), and their tendency to feed on marine animals. The other big thing … Read more

Brown Pelican Life History, All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Habitat Brown Pelicans live year-round in estuaries and coastal marine habitats along both the east and west coasts. They breed between Maryland and Venezuela, and between southern California and southern Ecuador—often wandering farther north after breeding as far as British Columbia or New York. On the Atlantic and Gulf coasts they breed mostly on barrier … Read more

How Brown Pelicans Dive After Fish Without Breaking Their Necks

This audio story is brought to you by BirdNote, a partner of the National Audubon Society. BirdNote episodes air daily on public radio stations nationwide. Transcript: This is BirdNote! Imagine a line of Brown Pelicans flying just above the breaking surf of the coast. Perhaps you’ve watched, and heard, these large, long-billed birds fishing. They … Read more