American White Pelican

Type: Bird

Diet:
Primarily fish, but also reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like crayfish

Longevity in the wild:
Usually 10 - 15 years, but some have been recorded living up to 26 years

Size:
1.4 - 1.8 m in length; 2.4 m wingspan

Weight:
5 - 8 kg

Group Name:
Pod
 
Fun Fact: 
These pelicans hunt in groups! Several pelicans swim side-by-side facing the shore and begin flapping and splashing water. This drives fish towards shore and when they get the shallow water, the pelicans are able to scoop them up in their bill!

The Zoo's American White Pelicans can be found in the Pond Area located close to Toucan Ridge.

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