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Did you know brown pelicans can plunge into the water from as high as 60 feet? Learn more about the Gulf species today:

Our Work BP Oil Disaster: Indicator Species Brown Pelican Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Brown pelican in the Gulf of Mexico. Photo © Cheryl Gerber Ties to the Gulf Brown pelicans live along the coasts of North and South America, including the Gulf of Mexico. They nest on islands and mangrove islets from January to October, and lay eggs between March and May. Females build nests in trees or shrubs, or in shallow depressions in sand. Males and females cooperate to incubate eggs and rear young. Eggs hatch after a month, and young pelicans make their first flights after about 75 days. Role in the Gulf Ecosystem Brown pelicans eat fish almost exclusively – about four pounds a day. Favorites include menhaden, herring, and mullet. These birds have a unique, acrobatic fishing technique: they plunge into the water from as high as 60 feet, scoop up fish and water in a large p...

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