The American white pelican, Pelecanus erythrorynchos, is the more common of the two, and it can be found throughout a large portion of both the coastal and inland areas of the United States.
It is a large white bird, weighing up to twenty pounds. It also has an orange bill and black feathers on the bottom of the wings. The wing span can reach ten feet.
The Brown pelican is primarily a coastal bird, generally smaller than the American white pelican. There are a couple of different sub-species in the United States.
The Eastern Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis carolinensis) is the most common subspecies found in the East and Gulf coast regions. The California Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) is the West Coast version. Both subspecies are characterized by their brown color, with adults having a white face


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