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Brown pelican Brown

In the 1960’s, brown pelicans had nearly

disappeared along the Gulf Coast. Their
populations are threatened again due to
the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil spill risks Gulf of

• Brown pelicans dive below surface for food; Mexico
may eat tainted fish or feed it to their young
• Feathers could become oil-soaked and cause
hypothermia or drowning
• Oil could kill vegetation near their nesting habitats

The smallest pelican

• Strong swimmers
• Require up to 4 lb.
(1.8 kg) of fish a day
Weight 7-11 lb. (3-5 kg)
Beak 9-13 in. (23-34 cm)
Height 4.5 ft. (1.4 m)
Wingspan 7 ft. (2 m) Graphic:
Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service © 2010 MCT Yingling