White Pelican

Although pelicans are awkward looking birds, they are very graceful in flight. When flying, they flap their wings only 1.3 times per second while a ruby-throated hummingbird beats its wings 50 to 70 times per second.

The white pelican does not dive for its food. Instead it dips its bill under water to gather fish. Several birds may gather in a circle to herd fish together.

Central America
North America

At A Glance

Habitat

Freshwater locations, estuaries, and bays

Diet

Fish and crustaceans

Location

North and Central America