American White Pelicans
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The American white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos) ranges from midwest to west northern Canada and the United States down to the gulf states, along the gulf over to Florida, down through Mexico and Central America to Panama. This is an inland freswater bird that only shows up around salt water coasts in its winter range.
The American white pelican eats mainly fish, that it catches while swimming. They do not plunge-dive for prey. They also eat some other aquatic animals like crayfish, salamanders and frogs. They usually feed cooperatively in shallow water, surrounding prey or driving them towards shore to concentrate them, then all plunging their beaks into the schools simultaneously. When they do feed in deeper water they typically forage alone.
They breed mainly on isolated islands in the freshwater lakes of interior mid-west/west Canada and the United States.