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General Information about Pelicans

The Eastern Brown Pelican, also known as the American Brown Pelican or Common Pelican is a large bird yet the smallest of the world�s eight Pelican species.   The Brown Pelican has an average weight of 8-10 lbs, measures 4 ft. in length with a magnificent wingspan of 6 � to 7 � ft. and now makes it home throughout southern Florida.

 Pelecanus occidentalis  -  The Brown Pelican has an enormous bill and expandable throat pouch to catch fish under water. Unlike other pelicans, the Brown Pelican captures its prey by way of a spectacular head-first dive in the water from considerable heights.

 

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Ciconiiformes
Family: Pelecanidae
Genus: Pelecanus
species: Pelecanus occidentalis

 
 
 
 
 
Description

The brown pelican has an 18-inch long bill and large throat pouch. Its head is white in front and dark brown behind, extending down the neck and back. During the breeding season, the white plumage turns a vibrant yellowish-gold color. Silver-gray feathers cover the rest of the pelican's body. The brown pelican weighs about 9 pounds and has a 6-foot wingspan.

 

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Identification Tips:

  • Length: 41 inches Wingspan: 90 inches
    • Sexes similar
      • Huge, dark bird
        • Long bill with a pouch, dark on Atlantic/Gulf coasts; bill paler along Pacific coast, becomes yellow during breeding season
          • Flies with neck tucked
            • Plunges from great heights into water to catch fish

            Habitat Sandy coastal beaches and lagoons, waterfronts and pilings, and rocky cliffs. Brown pelicans are coastal birds that inhabit the Pacific, Atlantic, and gulf coasts. They are rarely found inland. Nesting Habitat: Brown Pelicans nest on remote natural and dredged-material islands along the coast. Nests are built on the ground, in grasses or marsh, and occasionally in small shrubs or trees.

            In Florida, Brown Pelicans nest on mangrove islands, building large bulky nests from sticks and vegetation. Brown Pelicans may gather so much nest material that they may eventually defoliate the island. Where mangroves are not available, Brown Pelicans may build their nests in shrubs or on the ground in shallow scrapes lined with feathers or debris. On the West Coast, nests are typically found on the ground on steep rocky slopes.

             

            Interesting Facts

            The Brown Pelican can hold about three gallons of water (and fish) in its pouch.

            The Brown Pelican incubates its eggs in an unusual manner; it covers them with its webbed feet.  This practice was detrimental to the species when the pesticide DDT was in common use.  This pesticide caused thinning of the eggshells resulting in so many broken eggs that the species became endangered.

            They have air sacks beneath their skin and in their bones that make them very buoyant.

            Though adult pelicans may consume as much as four pounds of fish per day, they do not compete with sport or commercial fishermen because of type of fish they eat.

            Gulls will sometimes try to steal the pelican�s catch by snatching fish right from its pouch.  The gull may even land on the pelican�s head and await its opportunity.

            Brown pelicans are meat eaters.  The brown pelican can spot fish from 20-60 feet in the air.  When it spots a fish, it dives into the water and the impact of the dive could kill any regular bird.  The pelican has air pockets in its body that protect it.  It hunts during the day and prefers fish that swim close to the surface of the water.  These fish include anchovies, herring, Pacific mackerel, minnows and sardines.

                            Brown Pelicans build their nest near the water to be near their food supply. When a baby pelican hatches they don't open their eyes for one or two days. They are not very attractive because their skin in wrinkled and they have no feathers. The parents must feed and care for their helpless babies. After five weeks they grow feathers and begin to learn to fly. When they learn how to fly, they can get their own food.

            The birds, depending almost entirely on fish for food, scoop up quantities of water into their pouches as they seize prey from salt water. As the bill is elevated the water dribbles from the mandibles, and the pouch contracts as fish are swallowed. Five pounds of fish a day is the average consumption of a one-month old pelican.

            Reproduction

            The 2 to 4 white eggs have a rough chalky shell that require about a month to hatch. The young are naked and black when hatched. As they become larger, they push their bills so deeply into the pouch of the parent while feeding on regurgitated fish. Young pelicans are fed for about nine weeks. During this time, each youth will consume about 150 pounds of fish.

            Male pelicans pick out the nesting sites and perform an "advertising" display which attracts the females. Once a pair forms a bond, overt communiction between them is minimal. Pelican nesting peaks during March and April; nests are in colonies either in trees, bushes, or on the ground. Those placed in trees are made of reeds, grasses, straw, and sticks; if on the ground, nests consist of a shallow scrape lined with feathers and a rim of soil built 4-10'' above the ground. Brown Pelicans lay 2-3 chalky white eggs. Incubation is about 28-30 days; young walk out of the nests on the ground about 35 days after hatching but do not leave treetop nests until about 63 -88 days for their first flight.

            Habitat. Brown Pelicans are generally found in coastal nearshore habitats, such as along beaches, sandbars, docks, dredge-spoil islands, and diving for prey in most nearshore waters. In recent years Brown Pelicans have been appearing on large inland bodies of water, especially phosphate mine settling ponds. Habitat essential for maintaining Brown Pelican populations includes protected nesting sites, sandbars, islets where birds can roost and loaf undisturbed, and productive inshore and offshore fisheries (Schreiber and Schreiber 1982).

            In Florida, Brown Pelicans nest primarily in trees on coastal islands, in colonies of a few dozen to several hundred pairs. A few colonies may contain more than 1,000 nests. Nests are bulky structures of sticks with an inner cup of finer materials, usually green leaves. Two to 3, mostly 3, white eggs are laid, and incubation takes about 30 days. Nestlings fledge in about 12 weeks (Schreiber 1978b).
             
            Nesting

            First breeds at age 3 years or older. Nests in colonies.

            Nest: Site is on ground or cliff of island, or on low trees such as mangroves. Nest (built by female, with material gathered by male) may be simple scrape in soil, heap of debris with depression at top, or large stick nest in tree.

            Eggs: 3, sometimes 2-4. White, becoming nest-stained. Incubation by both sexes, roughly 28-30 days.

            Young: Both parents feed young. Young may leave ground nests after about 5 weeks and gather in groups, where returning parents apparently can recognize own offspring. Young may remain in tree nests longer (perhaps up to 9 weeks) before clambering about in branches. Age at first flight varies, reportedly 9-12 weeks or more. Adults continue to feed young for some time after they leave colony. 1 brood per year.

            Brown pelicans have few natural enemies. Although ground nests are sometimes destroyed by hurricanes, flooding, or other natural disasters, the biggest threat to pelican survival comes from man. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, pelicans were hunted for their feathers, which adorned women's clothing, particularly hats. During the food shortages following World War I, fishermen claimed pelicans were decimating the commercial fishery resource and slaughtered them by the thousands. The nests were also frequently raided for eggs. With the advent and widespread use of pesticides such as DDT in the 1940s, pelican populations plummeted due to lack of breeding success. DDT, picked up by pelicans eating contaminated fish, caused the birds to lay eggs with shells so thin they broke during incubation.

            Any of about eight species constituting the genus Pelecanus (family Pelecanidae), white or brown birds distinguished by a large, elastic throat pouch. Some species are 70 in. (180 cm) long, have a wingspan of 10 ft (3 m), and weigh up to 30 lbs (13 kg). Most species drive fish into shallow water and, using the pouch as a dip net, scoop them up and immediately swallow them. Pelicans inhabit freshwaters and seacoasts in many parts of the world; they breed in colonies on islands, laying one to four eggs in a stick nest. Chicks thrust their bills down the parent's gullet to obtain regurgitated food.
             

            Winter: But the greater number spend the remainder of the summer, fall, and winter traveling about in large flocks, young and old usually in flocks by themselves along the coasts of Florida and the Gulf States, resorting to the inland lakes to fish and resting in long lines on the sand bars, mud flats, or beaches of the outer islands. They are particularly abundant among the shallow bays of southern Florida, among the Florida Keys, and in the great bird reservations of the Louisiana coast, where food fish are abundant and where they spend their leisure season in the congenial, if not always friendly, companionship of the royal terns, laughing gulls, man-o-war-birds, and Florida cormorants.

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            Vacation Rental Description A tropical paradise located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a dream come true, boasting over 67 oceanfront acres of tropical hardwoods, mangrove forest and a beautiful beach.
            This is a private gated resort, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the gateway to deep sea fishing. It is conveniently located near Tavernier Creek, with easy access to back-country fishing. This is the sportfishing capital of the world, with the only living coral reef in the continental United States. On the property is: a beach, a dock, a junior olympic size swimming pool with a spa, lighted tennis courts, tiki huts, a cocktail lounge with a cafe.


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            OCEAN POINTE SUITE # 1307, KEY LARGO, FLORIDA - OCEANSIDE - MM 92

            Ocean Pointe Vacation This upscale Condominium Resort is located directly on the Ocean in Key Largo. Offering a beautifully decorated condo, with two bedroom - two bath with whirlpool tubs for weekly and monthly rentals Ocean Pointe Suite is located,about one hour drive south from Miami international Airport,The hard Rock Cafe-Casino,the Art Deco South Beach and Miami shopping.
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            Welcome...This page provides information on accommodations as well as a description of the amenities at Ocean Pointe Condo Resort located in Key Largo, Florida. Why stay at a hotel when you can rent an affordable holiday vacation lodging, situated directly on the atlantic ocean. Rent directly from the owner of this chalet, cabin, villa, home, apartment and condo accommodation in the beautiful Florida Keys.
             
            Accommodations include - 2 bedroom, 2 bath suite, a full kitchen, living room, a private balcony with oceanviews.

            Amenities include - 67 acres of tropical hardwoods, a protected mangrove forest and beach. Heated pool and spa, lighted tennis courts, marina and waterfront cafe with bar.
             
               
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            Beautifully decorated, two bedroom, two bath, third-floor Condo. This unit is located at Ocean Pointe Suite and is perfect for anyone who dives, loves to boat, or wants to fish. This cozy unit is warm and inviting for those looking for a relaxing vacation or a getaway.

            This resort condo has everything you need to restore your body and your mind. There is an outdoor pool and spa. There is a marina with dock space and boat ramp. There is a fishing pier, beach, canaba all in a park like setting. A sandy beach for relaxing and your tanning pleasure.  There are many restaurents in the area. There are many parks and beaches. You can bike, walk, kayak, sight see, charter boats, water sports, historic sites ect..... Or don't do anything.

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            Amenities: Phone, Air Conditioning, Cable TVS, VCR, Stereo, CD Player, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Cooking Utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Hot Tub, pool, BBQ grill


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            Vacation Rental Description A tropical paradise located directly on the Atlantic Ocean. This is a dream come true, boasting over 67 oceanfront acres of tropical hardwoods, mangrove forest and a beautiful beach.
            This is a private gated resort, right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, the gateway to deep sea fishing. It is conveniently located near Tavernier Creek, with easy access to back-country fishing. This is the sportfishing capital of the world, with the only living coral reef in the continental United States. On the property is: a beach, a dock, a junior olympic size swimming pool with a spa, lighted tennis courts, tiki huts, a cocktail lounge with a cafe.


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