American White Pelican

(Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Conservation Status
American White Pelican
Photo by Lynn Rubey
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 
  NatureServe

N4 - Apparently Secure

S3B - Vulnerable Breeding

 
  Minnesota

Special Concern

 
           
           
           
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

Size

 
 

54 to 60 in length

108 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

 

 
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Large, shallow bodies of water

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

Early April to early June and late August to mid-November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Pelecaniformes (pelicans, herons, ibises, and allies)  
 

Family

Pelecanidae (pelicans)  
 

Genus

Pelecanus (pelicans)  
       
 

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Blujean Clunis

 
 

Large flock on a very windy day, maybe 200

 
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Ramona Abrego

 
 

Fishing

 
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Norm & Peg Dibble

 
 

Great White Pelican migration over our house October 2015.

Wish I had a bigger lens on at that time. I saw them coming from up north circling as they got closer and closer. I took many photos and films. We happened to see them a week or more earlier north of us on a small lake in Albertville and assumed it was probably the same flock.

  American White Pelican  
 

Lynn Rubey

 
  A breeding American White Pelican, their breeding horn on their bill is shed after they have mated and laid their eggs. During breeding season the bill above and the throat sac below as well as the iris, the bare skin around the eye and the feet are a vivid orange color.   American White Pelican  
           
  A breeding American White Pelican landing in waters near Madison, Mn. the black flight feathers ( black primary and secondary remiges) are visible when the wings are spread and in flight.   American White Pelican  
 

Christa Rittberg

 
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Gerrene

 
  I saw these birds on my lake for the first time. I finally figured out what they were and they are beautiful. I live in Rockford Township in MN on Lake Crawford. I hope they stay around.   American White Pelican  
           
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Kirk Nelson

 
 

Pelicans on Albert Lea Lake

 
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Bill Reynolds

 
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About

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

 
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Holly Potter

 
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Other Videos
 
  The American White Pelican (Pelecanidae: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Dec 25, 2009

A brief contemplative look at the American White Pelican, which is a species common to some large fresh water lakes and marshes in the upper midwest of the United States. Specimens shown here were photographed in North Dakota during the summer of 2009.

 
  White Pelicans at Ackerman Park - (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
Mark Vance
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2012

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  American White Pelicans (Pelecanidae: Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) on Parade
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 23, 2009

Photographed at Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (23 July 2009). "A wonderful bird is the pelican. His bill can hold more than his belly can..." --Dixon Lanier Merritt

 
  America White Pelicans
Frank Wimberley
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Sep 26, 2009

A large squadron of migrating American White Pelicans over Heber Springs, AR was a beautiful sight. These seabirds grow to over 30 pounds and can have wing spans of over 9 feet.

 
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Uploaded on Apr 6, 2011

American white pelicans fish together to music of Tchaikovsky. Pelicans numbering in the hundreds are making a migratory stopover on Lake Springfield.

 

 

Camcorder

 
 
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  BigFootMN
10/11/2021

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, MN

Spotted on the lake; large flock; confirmed by local photographer with very long lens

 
  Blujean Clunis
3/29/2021

Location: In Chisago City, MN on pond near Wallmark Lake

Large flock on a very windy day, maybe 200

American White Pelican  
  Jessica St George
5/27/2020

Location: Oakdale MN

Saw one bird flying over a residential area that has a swamp and pond nearby. It was flying south around 7pm. It freaked me out. 

… it was a mating white American pelican. Black feathers on wings 

 
  DK
10/16/2019

Location: Edina, MN

Floating on Lake Cornelia in Edina.

 
  Lynn Rubey
6/11/2019

Location: Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge

A breeding American White Pelican, their breeding horn on their bill is shed after they have mated and laid their eggs. During breeding season the bill above and the throat sac below as well as the iris, the bare skin around the eye and the feet are a vivid orange color.

American White Pelican  
  Ramona Abrego
6/6/2019

Location: Becker County

Fishing

American White Pelican  
  Holly Potter
6/26/2018
Location: Backus, MN  
  Gerrene
6/3/2017

Location: Lake Crawford, Rockford Township, MN

I saw these birds on my lake for the first time. I finally figured out what they were and they are beautiful. I live in Rockford Township in MN on Lake Crawford. I hope they stay around.

American White Pelican  
  Norm & Peg Dibble
October 2015

Location: Maple Grove, MN

Great White Pelican migration over our house October 2015. Wish I had a bigger lens on at that time. I saw them coming from up north circling as they got closer and closer. I took many photos and films. We happened to see them a week or more earlier north of us on a small lake in Albertville and assumed it was probably the same flock.

American White Pelican  
  Kirk Nelson
5/23/2015

Location: Myre-Big Island State Park, Freeborn County

Pelicans on Albert Lea Lake

American White Pelican  
  Bill Reynolds
6/15/2008
Location: Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Marshall Co MN American White Pelican  
           
 
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