The American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) is a very large (50"–70") white bird with black wing tips and a long, wide orange bill. It has a wing span of up to 110 inches and typically weigh about 7 kg (15.5 lb). It's binomial name combines Pelecanus, the Latin for pelican, with erythrorhynchos, derived from the Greek words erythros meaning red, and rhynchos meaning beak.
They winter in central California and along the Pacific coast of Guatemala; also along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, its bays and estuaries and along the Mississippi river at least as far north as St. Louis.
Habitat loss is the largest known cause of nesting failure, with flooding and drought being recurrent problems. Predation by coyotes, ravens and gulls is common. Human-related losses include entanglement in fishing gear, boating disturbance and poaching as well as additional habitat degradation.
WEST NILE VIRUS: GRANT COUNTY MALLARD AND WHITE PELICAN TEST POSITIVE THE VIRUS HAS NEVER BEEN FOUND IN THESE MIGRATORY BIRDS IN WASHINGTON.
Sep 21, 2010; OLYMPIA, WA -- The following information was released by the Washington State Department of Health: Two birds collected this...