Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican lives only in coastal areas of the United States and the Northern coasts of South America.

The Pelican's diet consists mainly of small fish. This species in particular is often seen diving from the air to catch small, quick-moving fish from the water.

Pelicans nest in groups and often build their nests on or near the ground.  It is actually the male pelican that builds the nest and tries to convince the female to lay her eggs in the nest he has built.

Pesticides have caused problems for pelicans in the past, making their eggshells too weak and fragile to support a growing chick. These pesticides have been outlawed, but only after they were used for many years.