Where Do Pelicans Live?

Pelicans live on most of the world's coastlines, including the coasts of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Some species of pelicans relocate inland during their breeding time, while others choose to remain on the coasts. Brown pelicans are endangered in North America, but they can typically be found in areas from Maryland to Texas.

Pelicans love the warm coastal ocean and generally stay within 20 miles of the shore. During the daylight, pelicans spend the day searching for food and resting on rocks and sandbars. They travel inland to sleep. The pelican diet consists of fish. With their excellent eyesight, they can submerge their heads underwater to catch their prey.