Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Order

PELECANIFORMES

Family

Pelicans (Pelecanidae)

Code 4

BRPE

Code 6

PELOCC

ITIS

HEAD

Brown Pelican Head Illustration
  • Bill Shape: Specialized
  • Eye Color: Brown in young, lightening to straw white or light sky blue as courtship approaches; Returns to brown after courtship.
  • Head pattern: Plain, Eyering, Unique pattern
  • Crown Color: White
  • Forehead Color: Pale Yellow
  • Nape Color: Dark red-brown
  • Throat Color: Dark red-brown, white and yellow.
  • Cere color: No Data

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BODY

Brown Pelican Body Illustration
  • Length Range: 122-127 cm (48-50 in)
  • Weight: 3718 g (131.2 oz)
  • Size: Very Large (32 - 72 in)
  • Color Primary: Brown
  • Underparts: Brown-black
  • Upperparts: Streaked gray-brown.
  • Back Pattern: Solid
  • Belly Pattern: Solid
  • Breast Pattern: Striped or streaked, Solid

FLIGHT

Brown Pelican Flight Illustration
  • Flight Pattern: Graceful., Powerful flight with deliberate wing beats alternating with short glides.
  • Wingspan Range: 198-213 cm (78-84 in)
  • Wing Shape: Long-Wings
  • Tail shape: Fan-shaped Tail, Squared Tail
  • Tail Pattern: Solid
  • Upper Tail: Brown-black
  • Under Tail: Brown-black
  • Leg Color: Black
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Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X