Animals of North America
The brown pelican is the
smallest of the eight species of pelicans.
The nest location varies
from a simple scrape on the ground on an island to a bulky stick nest in a low
tree. These birds nest in colonies, usually on islands.
Unlike most birds, which
warm their eggs with the skin of their breasts, pelicans incubate their eggs
with their feet. They hold the eggs under the webs that stretch from the front
toes to the hind toe, essentially standing on the eggs to warm them.
The brown pelican is
well known for its habit of diving for fish from the air.
DIETFish and crustaceans
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