Along the Pacific Coast, Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis) nest on islands off of western Mexico and in southern California on the Channel Islands (West Anacapa and Santa Barbara islands). Post-breeding, they disperse northward along the coast as far as British Columbia.
Can you guess the length of their wingspan (from tip to tip)?
Average wingspan for Brown Pelicans is ~2 meters (6.5 feet).
Can you guess:
- the length of the bill?
- the volume of water the pouch can hold?
- maximum life span?
- favorite food in the Southern California Bight?
- Their bills are extremely long, ~25-38 cm (9-14")
- The distinctive pouch can hold ~2 gallons of water
- Maximum life span is ~40 years
- Favorite food in the Southern California Bight: Northern Anchovy and Pacific Sardine
One more: How fast do you think they can glide (how many meters/second or miles per hour)?
The average gliding speed of Brown Pelicans is ~11.7 meters/second (26 miles per hour).