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Brown Pelican

(Pelecanus occidentalis)

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Large, brownish seabird with blackish (during breeding) or white (non breeding) neck and very long bill with large throat pouch; head yellowish and bill reddish during breeding; immature bird is overall brown with lighter belly; 1m (3.3ft); wingspan to 2.1m (7ft). ( Pelicano Moreno, Pelicano Pardo, Alcatraz).


Marine habitat, Caribbean and Pacific coasts; found along shores, beaches, islands. This species considered endangered over parts of its range.

Found in the following Parks:

Cahuita National Park.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Palo Verde National Park.
Santa Rosa Nacional Park.
Tortuguero National Park.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis), Costa Rica