BROWN PELICAN

Pelecanus occidentalis

The Brown Pelicans are one of the largest bird species found in Bimini with a wingspan of up to 2.3 m and a weight of up to 5 kg (11 lbs.). They’re distinguished from other birds by their large, sac-like bill which they use to scoop fish and other small animals out of the water when they dive. In breeding season, adult brown pelicans have a pale yellow head and a dark neck. They can be found throughout the trees and docks of Bimini, and will often stay at the surface looking for prey if the water is too murky to dive into. They’re listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

Photo: David Palfrey

BROWN PELICAN