This article will discuss the lives of two species of Pelican which include the American White Pelican (Pelecanus arythrorhynchos) which we have where I live in Colorado and the Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) which is not in Colorado but is in California. The American White Pelican is much larger (L 62” and Wing Span 108”) than the Brown (48” L by 84” WS). They both fish for a living, but they do it differently, see below. American White Pelicans are one of more than 900 birds species that would be under threat if the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is amended.
Pelicans have very short tails compared to other birds. They are also rather awkward on land when waddling around. These birds are approximately 30 million years old. The life span of a Pelican is quite long. The oldest known wild Pelican lived to be 42 years old.