long. The body weight on adult birds is typically between 10 and 20 pounds. Despite their size, the internal structure of the bird allows the pelican to be remarkably buoyant in the water.
They arrive in groups of four to 12 birds and like to fish in groups. They are fascinating because they will cooperate and corral fish to one another. An adult pelican will eat more than four pounds of fish per day. The spring of the year, April through June, is breeding season. During this period, both the male and female have a very noticeable bump on the top of their large beaks. Notice that feature in the photo. After the breeding season, that growth is shed. The female will lay two or three eggs, and both parents share in incubating the eggs for about a month. The young leave the nest three to four weeks after hatching.
The American White Pelican is a beautiful bird, whether we see them swimming or in flight.