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Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

The brown pelican is the smallest of the eight species of pelicans. 

The nest location varies from a simple scrape on the ground on an island to a bulky stick nest in a low tree. These birds nest in colonies, usually on islands.

Unlike most birds, which warm their eggs with the skin of their breasts, pelicans incubate their eggs with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front toes to the hind toe, essentially standing on the eggs to warm them.

The brown pelican is well known for its habit of diving for fish from the air.

DIET

Fish and crustaceans

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