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Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Brown Pelicans are generally found in coastal habitats, such as along beaches, sandbars, ducks, dredge-spoil islands and diving for prey in near-shore waters.  They breed on islands along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts from coastal California and North Carolina through Mexico and Central America and the West Indies to Chile and Venezuela.

Brown Pelicans can be found in Florida year round.  They nest in colonies on the Florida coast from Volusia County, on the Atlantic side south into Florida Bay and north along the Gulf coast to the Cedar Keys.  Nesting usually begins in south Florida during the fall months and in early spring in central and north Florida.  Many migrants show up in Florida during the winter months.