Brown Pelicans were near extinction as recently as the 1970s, but are fairly common today. They are a great example of recovery from the banning of pesticides in the United States. These birds are quite large with an oversized bill, and can be found near the coasts. They can be seen in groups, gliding low over the water or soaring as high as sixty feet above the water before plunging in to catch fish. Males and females look the same. Juveniles are all brown, while adults have a white patch on their head.
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