Birds & Wildlife

In the Spotlight

American White Pelican

Unlike Brown Pelicans, these birds do not dive for their food. They surround fish in shallow water, scoop them into their pouches, and then hold their bills vertically to drain out the water before swallowing the fish. Because of pesticides, human disturbance, and draining of wetlands, this species is in decline.

Rebecca Field
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