Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

The Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) is unmistakable since it is the only common pelican of our area. It dwells in the Pacific Coast from Washington to N Peru, Atlantic, Gulf and Caribbean coasts and islands from North Carolina to E Venezuela.

109cm (43”), 3kg. Body dark gray-brown; upperparts feathers with silvery “frosting”; head and neck white; bill brownish; pouch and facial skin grayish; feet black. Young: Head, neck and upperparts brown; belly white. Breeding: neck black; chestnut nuchal crest; head tinged with yellowish; orbital skin reddish; bill with rosy tinge.

Common Name: Brown Pelican
Scientific Name: Pelecanus occidentalis
Bird Family:

Thinking of birding in Costa Rica?

Quetzal Route

FROM: $1180

Delight yourself watching quetzals and hummingbirds just a few meters away. Great chances to take pictures and learn from an experienced local guide.
Nunbird Route

FROM: $1454

Live this gorgeous expedition visiting both slopes of Costa Rica and witnessing the immense diversity that these offer you.
Macaw Route

FROM: $1588

Harboring around 850 species of birds and offering plenty of facilities for birdwatchers to have a pleasurable trip, Costa Rica posts among the best destinations in the world for this activity.