brown pelican

noun

Definition of brown pelican

: a pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) of American coasts that has a brownish body and a chiefly white or white with yellow head

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There was a brown pelican at Nantucket and a red-necked stint at the Forward Pool at Parker River Refuge on Plum Island. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 22 July 2019 While there are good numbers of brown pelicans found here, the closest breeding location is on the Los Coronados Islands in Mexican waters south of San Diego. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 The brown pelican is another miracle story of recovery once destructive pesticides were removed from use. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pelican odd by design, graceful in flight," 13 June 2019 This year has been a difficult one for young brown pelicans. Erin Stone, SFChronicle.com, "Once injured, starving pelicans are rehabilitated, freed on San Francisco Bay shoreline," 29 June 2018 The American alligator, brown pelican, humpback whale, Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf, San Miguel Island fox and bald eagle are among them. Darryl Fears, Washington Post, "This bat is the first to make it off the endangered species list. Celebrate with a shot of tequila.," 21 Apr. 2018 Death can come unexpectedly, like for a brown pelican that was found weakened, unable to lift its head, after Hurricane Irma. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A couple at SeaWorld devoted to taking care of birds — and each other," 12 Feb. 2018 Staffers were on their way to release a hawk and took in a brown pelican brought in by a man on Fort Myers Beach. Melissa Montoya, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Irma: Storm-injured birds get something to crow about at this clinic," 13 Sep. 2017

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1780, in the meaning defined above

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