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Includes Galapagos Brown Pelican
Smallest of the pelicans.
Younger birds are less strongly colored with pale belly.
 Similar Species
Can be told from the American White Pelican by its brown body and their different feeding habits Brown Pelican never show the contrast of black flight feathers to white wing linings seen from a flying American White Pelican.
Washington and Virginia south to Peru (and probably northern Chile) and the mouth of the Amazon River. Post-breeding, North American birds move northwards in flocks along the coasts, returning south for the winter.
There are 5 subspecies:
Peruvian Pelican has been split from Brown Pelican.
At sea close to coasts, coastal lagoons, and saltmarshes. Immature birds occasionally seen at inland lakes.
Groups of Brown Pelicans often travel in single file, flying low over the water's surface. They feed individually, diving for fish.
Mainly herring-like fish.
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