Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis)

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Galapagos brown pelican
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • Unlike other pelicans, brown pelicans hunt by diving into water with wings partly folded in order to catch prey.
  • During the breeding season, the female brown pelican lays 2 to 3 eggs.
  • Usually nesting on the ground, the brown pelican will also sometimes nest in trees or on cliffs.
  • A colonial species, brown pelicans live in large flocks throughout the year.
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Brown pelican fact file

Brown pelican description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassAves
OrderPelecaniformes
FamilyPelecanidae
GenusPelecanus (1)

Information on the brown pelican is currently being researched and written and will appear here shortly.

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Brown pelican status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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Find out more

For more information on this and other bird species please see:

View information on this species at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org
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Galapagos brown pelican  
Galapagos brown pelican

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